Woodsworth College
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario

Between Irishmen: Queering Irish Literary Nationalism

My paper examines the homosocial and homoerotic desires configuring the representation of Dublin’s Easter Rising of 1916 in Jamie O’Neill’s novel At Swim, Two Boys (2001). The novel charts the overlapping psychosexual and political development of its young heroes, Jim and Doyler. Drawing upon the work of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, I argue that the Irish representation of homoeros is an integral part in the constitution of modern nationalist identity.

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