Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Literary Afterlives of Roger Casement, 1899-2016$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Alison Garden

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621815

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621815.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM LIVERPOOL SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.liverpool.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Liverpool University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in LSO for personal use.date: 20 May 2022

Queer nationalism and colonial Ireland

Queer nationalism and colonial Ireland

Ulysses and At Swim, Two Boys

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

Alison Garden


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

Liverpool Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.