Gerald Lynch's research began with a dissertation on Stephen Leacock and continues in Canadian humour and satire (with essays on Thomas Chandler Haliburton, Mordecai Richler, Margaret Atwood, Thomas King, and other Canadian comic writers). Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town made Lynch think further about the form of that book, the short story cycle, and that thinking became an enduring research interest, culminating in The One and the Many: English-Canadian Short Story Cycles (2001) and continuing in a number of critical articles. From the pleasure of reading Lynch developed an academic interest in contemporary Irish fiction (Lynch is Irish-born), which in recent years has produced a few articles and papers (on such novelists as John McGahern, John Banville, Brian Moore). Since joining the Department of English in 1985, Lynch has been part of the Canadian Literature Symposium committee, which stages an annual conference, from which a series of books is published by University of Ottawa Press; in 2008 Lynch edited Al Purdy: The Ivory Thought; and in 2017 the University of Ottawa Press will publish Alice Munro's Miraculous Art, which comes of the symposium co-chaired with colleague Janice Fiamengo in 2014. Lynch also writes fiction, too, and his latest is the literary mystery Missing Children (2015). Reading and writing always, keeping busy, staying out of trouble to others.
Other selected publications:
Lynch, G. Exotic Dancers. Toronto: Cormorant Books, 2001.
Lynch, G. The One and the Many: English-Canadian Short Story Cycles. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001.