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
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
Survey of English Literature II
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
“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.