Roger Casement’s Global English

Patrick R. Mullen

in The Poor Bugger’s Tool

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199746699
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950270 | DOI:
Roger Casement’s Global English

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This chapter explores Roger Casement’s deployment of queer aesthetics in the context of the international fight for human rights. Until now, scholarship has considered Casement’s work against imperialist brutalities and for the development of human rights as irreconcilable with the infamous homoerotic writing of the so-called Black Diaries. This chapter argues that the homoerotic writings are important supplements to the human rights work that enable us to enlarge the scope of just what humanitarianism might mean. Furthermore, by situating Casement’s work within the trajectory that extends from Wilde to Joyce (who is addressed in the subsequent chapter), this chapter suggests that queer culture is a vital tool in the construction of Ireland’s relation to the international.

Keywords: Roger Casement; human rights; Black Diaries; homosexuality; imperialism

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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