Michael Flynn

  • Assoc. Professor, English
    • 19th-century British literature

Contact Info

Office Address

Merrifield Room 100D
276 Centennial Drive Stop 7209
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7209

Curriculum Vitae


  • Since arriving at UND in 2007, Professor Flynn has taught in the areas of nineteenth-century British literature and culture, and of the British novel more generally. Much of his published work examines the strained relationship of Charles Dickens and William Makepeace Thackeray and considers issues of intertexuality, fictional form, and the social status of literature in early Victorian England. His most recent research focuses on journalist E. S. Dallas, who sought to claim for anonymous book reviews the cultural authority of sage writing, and who used them to warn about the dangers of individualism in the mid-Victorian period.


  • The Romantic Novel
  • Darwinian Theory and Narrative Form
  • The Sensation Novel
  • Serial Storytelling
  • Metafiction and Metafilm
  • The Neo-Victorian Novel


  • Survey of the English Novel I
  • Survey of the English Novel II
  • Charles Dickens and the Professionalization of Authorship
  • Charles Dickens and Serial Form
  • William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Joseph Conrad


  • Survey of English Literature II
  • Romantic Poetry
  • Victorian Poetry
  • Victorian Fantastic Fiction


  • Introduction to Literary Criticism
  • Reading and Writing About Texts
  • Introduction to Literature and Culture
  • Introduction to Film
  • Nineteenth-century British literature and culture
  • The professionalization of authorship
  • Literary rivalry, intertextuality, and parody
  • Book history, especially serialization
  • Victorian science
  • Victorian religion
  • Victorian art
  • “E. S. Dallas, Mid-Victorian Individualism, and the Form of the Book Review.” Nineteenth-Century Prose, vol. 43, no. 1/2, 2016, pp. 49-64.
  • “E. S. Dallas and Trollope’s Vicar of Bullhampton.” Notes and Queries, vol. 261, no. 2, 2016, pp. 258-61. Oxford Journals, doi: 10.1093/notesj/gjw069.
  • “Dickens, Rosina Bulwer Lytton, and the ‘Guilt’ of Literature and Art.” Dickens Quarterly, vol. 29, no. 1, 2012, pp. 68-80.
  • Pendennis, Copperfield, and the Debate on the ‘Dignity of Literature.’” Dickens Studies Annual, vol. 41, 2010, pp. 151-89.
  • “Parodies for the Rail: Dombey and Son, Vanity Fair, and the Class-Coding of Victorian Realism.” Double Vision: Literary Palimpsests of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, edited by Darby Lewes, Lexington Books, 2008, pp. 173-203. (Reprinted in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, edited by Lawrence J. Trudeau, vol. 307, Gale, 2015, pp. 135-52.)
  • “Novels by Literary Snobs: The Contentious Class-Coding of Thackerayan Parody.” Dickens Studies Annual, vol. 36, 2005, pp. 199-228.
  • “The Transatlantic Grudges of William Makepeace Thackeray and G. P. R. James.” Notes and Queries, vol. 250, no. 4, 2005, pp. 476-78.
  • Ph.D. (Washington University in St. Louis, 2006)