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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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Queer nationalism and colonial Ireland

Queer nationalism and colonial Ireland

Ulysses and At Swim, Two Boys

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(p.81) Chapter Three Queer nationalism and colonial Ireland
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The Literary Afterlives of Roger Casement, 1899-2016
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Alison Garden

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DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789621815.003.0004

This chapter turns to James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922) and Jamie O’Neill’s At Swim, Two Boys (2001) to examine their (meta)modernist engagements with Casement and Ireland’s queer (post)colonial politics. Casement is mentioned by name in both texts and is a figure that can be read, in many ways, as embodying Ireland’s own peculiar relationship to empire and anti-colonial nationalism. Both novels depict Irish nationalism as a curiously queer phenomenon and rereading Ulysses through Jamie O’Neill’s novel reveals a latent homoerotic energy in the Irish revolutionary generation and Irish nationalism more broadly.

Keywords:   James Joyce, Ulysses, Jamie O’Neill, At Swim, Two Boys, Irish nationalism, Queer studies, Postcolonial politics, The Irish Revolutionary Period 1916 to 1922

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