Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Poetry, Human Rights and Revolution: the literary afterlife of Roger Casement

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Blackwell's Bookshop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford


The Irish-born Roger Casement was one of the most controversial figures in twentieth-century Irish history. Knighted for his humanitarian works in both the Belgian Congo and in the Putumayo region of the Amazon, Casement subsequently became integral to the Irish revolutionary nationalist movement in the build up to the 1916 Rising in Dublin. Hanged as a traitor in August 1916 at Pentonville Prison, Casement’s posthumous reputation remained a matter of virulent dispute within Irish historical circles. On foot of a scandal surrounding the authenticity of his so-called ‘Black’ Diaries, which detail his apparent homosexual lifestyle, Casement’s role as a pioneering human rights activist has too often been forgotten. This lecture will revisit his humanitarian work, and will profile how this divisive, yet exemplary figure, has been memorialised in modern and contemporary literature.
Dr Eóin Flannery is Reader in Irish Literature at Oxford Brookes University, where he is the Director of the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre. His publications include: Colum McCann and the Aesthetics of Redemption (2011), Ireland and Postcolonial Studies (2009), and Versions of Ireland: Empire, Modernity and Resistance in Irish Culture (2006).

A series of events in association with the Oxford Human Right&aphos;s Festival