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The Literary Afterlives of Roger Casement, 1899-2016$
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Alison Garden

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621815

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621815.001.0001

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Literary afterlives and Casement’s queer ghost

Literary afterlives and Casement’s queer ghost

(p.1) Introduction Literary afterlives and Casement’s queer ghost
The Literary Afterlives of Roger Casement, 1899-2016

Alison Garden


The introduction establishes the historical, cultural and theoretical contexts and frameworks that guide the monograph. While the aim of this study is to engage with and entertain the illuminating possibilities of Casement’s notoriously amorphous legacy, rather than attempt to assert any definitive biographical narrative, tracing the contours of Casement’s extraordinary life is necessary if we are to fully appreciate the complex contradictions that shaped Casement’s existence. To this end, a concise but thorough overview of Casement’s life is offered in the first part of the introduction in order to lay important foundations for the project’s literary discussion and analysis.

Keywords:   Roger Casement, 1916, Easter Rising, Literary Afterlives, Irish literature, Twentieth century literature, Imperial literature, Queer studies

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