Ruling Passion

Patrick R. Mullen

in The Poor Bugger’s Tool

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199746699
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950270 | DOI:
Ruling Passion

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This chapter examines Joyce’s inscription of Roger Casement in the “Cyclops” episode of Ulysses. In particular, it argues that Joyce figures through Casement both a complex critique of British imperialism that avoids the pitfalls of reactionary nationalism and a progressive model of national affiliation and belonging. The chapter suggests that Casement’s homoerotic writings and his “Speech from the Dock” are important, if oblique, references for Joyce, who glimpses in them a progressive worldview.

Keywords: James Joyce; Ulysses; Roger Casement; Cyclops; nationalism; Speech from the Dock; homoerotic writings

Chapter.  10892 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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