Roger Casement

Author: Jeffrey Dudgeon
Publisher: Belfast Press
ISBN: 9780953928736
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In this revised and expanded second edition with more photographs, all Roger Casement's Black Diaries are, uniquely, again published together, including the never-before-seen erotically-charged 1911 Diary over which London threatened an obscenity prosecution. A number of new characters are introduced and some old mysteries solved. The volume provides both a comprehensive view of the diaries' texts, with explanations for many of the cast of characters, famous, infamous, and fleeting, and a context for the author whose significance and seminal role in the political development of independent Ireland has been masked by the debates over the diaries' authenticity. This is a uniquely fresh and original look at the Irish patriot and humanitarian, hanged in 1916 for treason. It was the same Casement whose reports on rubber slavery and genocide in King Leopold's Congo and the Peruvian Amazon, in 1904 and 1911, reflected in two of his Black Diaries, that shocked Edwardian England. The book also deals with the neglected sides of Casement's life, his involvement in Ulster politics, his family background in Co. Antrim, his Belfast boyfriend Millar Gordon, and his sociopathic companion, the Norwegian sailor, Adler Christensen, as well as a comprehensive view of the authenticity controversies, Casement's homosexuality, and his time in Africa and Brazil. Roger Casement had iconic status in life and after death was sanctified and vilified in equal measure. His real self was consequently obscured. This book combines a rigorous academic study of Casement, the public and political figure (with over 1,000 references and an extensive bibliography, updated to 2016), alongside an account of his personal life, sexuality, and consular career, and an informed view of how they all interlocked and originated. It also provides a fresh assessment of the events leading up to the Easter Rising and British intelligence failings, and an up-to-date account of the controversies that have swirled around Casement to this day, including the attempts made in Dublin, from the 1930s, to threaten the truth about the Black Diaries. '"No Roger Casement - No Easter Rising"' Casement groomed the key personnel who set about creating the Irish Republic, from 1904 to 1923. He commissioned the first arms for the IRA - on two occasions, in 1914 and 1916. To know about Roger Casement is to know why Ireland achieved independence and why Ulster stayed separate remaining in the UK after partition. This volume therefore provides an insight into the political conflict in the north and suggests how it could be diminished by both learning and respecting each other's stories and agreeing to disagree.

Locked In The Family Cell

Author: Kathryn A. Conrad
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299196509
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Locked in the Family Cell is the first book on Ireland to provide a sustained and interdisciplinary analysis of gender, sexuality, nationalism, the public and private spheres, and the relationship between these categories of analysis and action. Kathryn Conrad examines the writers and activists who are resistant to simplistic nationalist constructions of Ireland and its subjects. She exposes the assumptions and the effects of national discourses in Ireland and their reliance on a limited and limiting vision of the family: the heterosexual family cell. By actively situating theoretical readings and concerns in practice, Conrad follows the lead of scholars such as Lauren Berlant, Gloria Anzaldua, Ailbhe Smyth, and others who have encouraged dialogue not only among scholars in different academic disciplines but between scholars and activists. In doing so she provides not only a critique of interest to scholars in a variety of fields but also a productive political intervention.

Masculinities And The Contemporary Irish Theatre

Author: B. Singleton
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230294537
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Irish theatre and its histories appear to be dominated by men and their actions. This book's socially and culturally contextualized analysis of performance over the last two decades, however reveals masculinities that are anything but hegemonic, played out in theatres and other arenas of performance all over Ireland.

Ireland In Transition 1867 1921

Author: D. George Boyce
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134320000
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This wide-ranging collection brings together multiple perspectives on a key period in Irish history, from the Fenian Rising in 1867 to the creation of the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland in 1921, with a focus on the formation of Irish identity. The chapters, written by team of experts, focus on key individuals or ideological groups and consider how they perceived Ireland's future, what their sense of Irish identity was, and who they saw as the enemy. Providing a new angle on Ireland during the period from 1867 to 1921, this book will be important reading for all those with an interest in Irish history.

Roger Casement S German Diary 1914 1916 Including A Last Page And Associated Correspondence

Author: Jeffrey Dudgeon
Publisher: Belfast Press
ISBN: 9780953928750
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This is the definitive version of Roger Casement's German Diary covering the years 1914 to 1916 when, after the war started, he went to Berlin seeking support for Irish independence. With over 350 pages and 150,000 words, it is unabridged where another writer has edited out 20% of the original text. Those cuts are at times from the most sensitive of areas, including the behaviour of the German Army in Belgium and Casement's increasing disillusionment with the Kaiser's Imperial Government and Prussian militarism. The diary and many linked letters give a vivid impression of a man under stress in an alien environment who still manages to observe, describe and appreciate much of what he sees around him. He writes as an outsider of a nation at war with England and France. Casement's growing frustrations however come to the point where his own mental health is destabilised. The final section describes his frantic attempts both to get sufficient arms shipped to the separatist Irish Volunteers and to travel by submarine to Kerry with a view to getting the Easter Rising called off. The book concludes with a series of appendices exploring aspects of his time in Germany, the part played by his accomplices in the Rising, and the role of British and German Intelligence. The continuing controversy over the authenticity of his earlier diaries is also addressed. This is a companion volume to the author's 'Roger Casement: The Black Diaries - with a Study of his Background, Sexuality, and Irish Political Life' which was published in an extended 2nd edition (both paperback and Kindle) in early 2016.

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Roger Casement In Irish And World History

Author: Mary E. Daly
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Irishman Roger Casement was devoted to improving the lot of the oppressed. As a British public servant he exposed cruel and exploitative treatment of the indigenous peoples of Africa and South America, for which service he was knighted. He later joined the rebel movement fighting for the independence of Ireland, for which the British government tried and executed him. Casement's "black diaries"--personal records that revealed that he was gay--were discovered and shown to selected individuals but never introduced during his trial. They were subsequently withheld from public inspection, which gave rise to decades of speculation over their authenticity. The debate continued even after their publication, but forensic analysts have been able to attest that they are genuine. Casement was immediately taken to London and tried for treason. He was convicted, stripped of his knighthood, and condemned to death on June 29. After his sentencing he gave an impassioned statement before the court, asserting Ireland's right to freedom and his right to be tried in an Irish rather than English court. Casement's appeal of the verdict was dismissed, and he was hanged on August 3. On the eve of this execution he was baptized into the Catholic Church. This volume of papers was presented in a conference at the Royal Irish Academy, examining Casement's career from his work in the Congo and South America to the London parliamentary scene of Whitehall. This comprehensive book also examines the famous Casement diaries as well as Casement's subsequent trial for treason. An appendix is included which reproduces the forensic report confirming the authenticity of the Casement diaries.

Irish Freedom

Author: Richard English
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ISBN: 9780230016606
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Drawn from years of original research, this title offers explanations of why Irish nationalists have believed and acted as they have, why their ideas and strategies have changed over time, and what effect Irish nationalism has had in shaping modern Ireland.

Staging The Easter Rising

Author: James Moran
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* An exciting new interpretation of 1916 as theatre and its later representation on the stage, with a particular focus on gender. "Both stylistically and conceptually, the author works in broad vivid strokes, ultimately producing a book that re-imagines familiar territory in an original and often unexpected way. This is a brave book, one that wades into the undergrowth of some of the bigger and more perilous jungles of Irish cultural debate: Yeats, Casement, the women of 1916, the Abbey and elitism, de Valera, revisionism." -- Christopher Morash This is the most original exploration of representations of the 1916 Rising since William Irwin Thompson's 1967 classic, The Imagination of an Insurrection. It offers new insights into the studied theatricality of the rising, in the context of plays by Pearse and MacDonagh and a rediscovered play of Connolly's Under Which Flag? The book argues that the Rising set out to proclaim sexual equality as well as political independence, but that, while the myth of 1916 became central to Irish political and cultural life, the rebels' radical ideas about gender were ignored. New readings and contexts are provided for O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars and for Yeats's The Dreaming of the Bones. The role of de Valera in the shaping of official commemoration is assessed, while the intervention of Shaw throws new light on the Casement controversy. Surveying representations of the Rising in more recent Irish theatre, especially since the 1966 commemoration, the author shows how gender issues have resurfaced.