Researchers at UCD


Annette Flynn


School Of Languages and Literature
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168277


 I grew up in the mountains of the Schwäbische Alb in Southern Germany. After my initial studies at the University of Tübingen, and with the help of the DAAD, I was assigned to Morayshire, on the Northern Scotland coast, to try my hand at teaching pupils at a secondary school. It also led me to adult education in Aberlour, in the Speyside Valley, where I taught Spanish to the workers of the local whisky distilleries. This was the beginning of a long standing love affair with my host country which lasted until 2002, when I came to Ireland to take up my post at UCD. 

 In Scotland, I worked as a legal translator, and soon started on a new degree course at the University of Edinburgh, joint majoring in Spanish and Italian with Portuguese. This was followed by an MSc (the Scottish equivalent of the Irish MA), and the PhD. I was extremely fortunate to be supervised in my postgraduate studies by Edwin Williamson, who now is at the University of Oxford. 

 I taught at the universities of Edinburgh and Stirling, and also had the privilege of working for the German publishing House Klett as a lexicographer.

 In 2003 I got married and now live in County Wicklow with my husband Dave, who is a painter and writer.  

 One of my loves is the Argentine tango, which I think is one of the most complete and exciting art forms. It is profound, unpredictable and inexhaustible, very much like Borges.  

 For a recent interview I gave to Revista Criterio during my last sabbatical in Buenos Aires, go to this link:




Year 2003 Institution: University of Edinburgh
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 1995 Institution: University of Edinburgh
Qualification: MSc Subject: Hispanic Studies
Year 1993 Institution: University of Edinburgh
Qualification: MA Subject: Joint Spanish and Italian Honours with Portuguese



Barrera y Vidal, A.; Flynn, A. Hadoke, M.; Kerndter, F.&F.; Malagodi Ingala, D.; Schoonherre, A. ; (2010) Praxiswörterbuch Speisen und Getränke - Deutsch, Englisch, Französisch, Italienisch, Spanisch. Munich: Langenscheidt. [Details]
Flynn, Annette U., Hadoke, Mike, Kerndter, Fritz ; (2010) Praxiswörterbuch Gastronomie Englisch. Munich: Langenscheidt Fachverlag. [Details]
Flynn, Annette U. ; (2009) The Quest for God in the Work of Borges. London: Continuum Press. [Details]


Research Interests

My research areas include Spanish-American and Luso-Brazilian literatures and art forms, currently focusing on the Southern Cone. Three authors that I am particularly interested in are Jorge Luis Borges, João Guimarães Rosa, Gabriela Mistral, and their contemporary, 21st century Latin American counterparts. 

  One particular focus for me lies in defining a holistic interface between identity, spirituality, theology and contemporary culture in Latin America, also with a view to comparative aspects. In this context, I am also exploring literary, cinematic and other artistic expressions of metaphysics and philosophy, faith and spirituality, or the absence thereof. 

  My main research project in embryonic progress is tentatively entitled Mystical Journeys of Errant Knights and Biddable Knaves in Latin American Art Forms: Defining a Unified Vision Between Existence, Faith and Contemporary Culture in Latin America.

  Another passionate interest of mine is the Argentine tango, which I see as a complete and holistic art form in its own right. 

  I have also developed an interest in transactional interpretation, relating Latin American film adaptations to their literary texts, particularly in the context of audience / reader participation. 

 Finally, I have recently returned to lexicography as one area of practice and investigation, with particular reference to the compilation of thematic, bi-lingual and multi-lingual dictionaries. This follows on from a long spell in the 1990s to early 2002 when I collaborated with the German publishing house Klett Verlag (Pons-Collins dictionaries). 

  My latest publications are a monograph on Jorge Luis Borges, entitled The Quest for God in the Work of Borges (July 2009 by Continuum Press: London), and several co-authored bi-lingual and multi-lingual dictionaries of cookery, entitled Praxiswörterbuch Gastronomie Englisch-Deutsch (January 2010 by Langenscheidt Fachverlag: München), and Praxiswörterbuch Speisen und Getränke: Deutsch, Englisch, Französisch, Italienisch, Spanish (October 2010 by Langenscheidt Fachverlag: München).   

  For a recent review of my book on Borges use this link: