Galen David Bunting is a PhD candidate in English at Northeastern University. He has contributed to the Women Writers Project and currently teaches at Northeastern University. In his dissertation, he analyzes shell shock as a gendered diagnosis and its effects on literature in the aftermath of the First World War.
Galen D. Bunting
“The ghost of Roger Casement / Is beating on the door.” So runs the refrain of William Butler Yeats’ “The Ghost of Roger Casement.” An imperialist who wrote scathing reports of colonial human rights abuses in the Congo and Brazil, Roger Casement sought German military aid for the 1916 Easter Rising: the British government arrested, sentenced, and hanged Casement for high treason. In her new study, The Literary Afterlives of Roger Casement, 1899-2016, Alison Garden frames her inquiry within the language of haunting and intervenes in Casement’s very indeterminacy: “towards the repetition of an unfinished history; the particularly ghostly fashioning of Casement’s literary afterlives” (14).