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The Poor Bugger’s ToolIrish Modernism, Queer Labor, and Postcolonial History$
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Patrick R. Mullen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746699

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746699.001.0001

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Ruling Passion

Ruling Passion

James Joyce, Roger Casement, and the Drama of Universal Love

(p.94) Chapter 4 Ruling Passion
The Poor Bugger’s Tool

Patrick R. Mullen

Oxford University Press

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

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