The Potential of Comics to Interpret the 1916 Easter Rising

Fionnuala Doran

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    In this paper I address the representation of the 1916 Irish Rising, running parallel—and in response—to the Great War, through comics. I will primarily refer to my own graphic novel, The Trial of Roger Casement, and the depiction of the protagonist’s journey from a respected, knighted human-rights advocate at the outbreak of war in 1914 to his execution for treason in 1916, at the height of British patriotic fervour. His mission—to seek political and military assistance for the Irish independence movement from Germany, the primary rival to Britain for European dominance—was thrown into chaos by the outbreak of hostilities. The paper examines the challenges and opportunities of using the graphic novel form to depict the life of Casement, a man whose life and legacy has been fought
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2016
    EventGraphic Brighton 2016 - University of Brighton, Brighton, United Kingdom
    Duration: 9 Dec 201610 Dec 2016


    OtherGraphic Brighton 2016
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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