Aphra Behn Studies

Overview

Aphra Behn was England's first professional woman writer, but her status as a major author has only recently become clear. Between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries Behn was denigrated for her 'unwomanly' subject matter and intellectual immodesty. In the twentieth century she has been increasingly viewed as an important dramatist and poet of the Restoration and a founder of the English novel.This collection forms an important resource for those studying seventeenth century English literature and drama, and...
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Overview

Aphra Behn was England's first professional woman writer, but her status as a major author has only recently become clear. Between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries Behn was denigrated for her 'unwomanly' subject matter and intellectual immodesty. In the twentieth century she has been increasingly viewed as an important dramatist and poet of the Restoration and a founder of the English novel.This collection forms an important resource for those studying seventeenth century English literature and drama, and to those interested in the development of women's writing.
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"This collection clearly conveys the centrality of Behn's gender as well as to the history of her reception, which is outlined by Todd in her introduction. Behn enters the canon emphatically as a woman. Todd's timely collection, embracing a variety of approaches and covering all aspects of Behn's literary output, makes an important contribution to this process." Albion

"This collection is powerful evidence of the impact of the women's movement and the maturity of feminist scholarship." Modern Philology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521119641
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/17/2009
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Plays
1 Sexual politics and party politics in Behn's drama, 1678-83 15
2 Popish Plots: The Feign'd Curtizans in context 30
3 Fiction feigning femininity: false counts and pageant kings in Aphra Behn's Popish Plot writings 50
4 More forseeing than hearing: Behn and the use of theatre 66
5 The Rover and the eighteenth century 84
Pt. II Poetry
6 Aphra Behn:poetry and masquerade 109
7 For when the act is done and finish't cleane, / what should the poet doe, but shift the scene?': propaganda, professionalism and Aphra Behn 130
8 Aphra Behn: the politics of translation 154
9 'But to the touch were soft': pleasure, power, and impotence in 'The Disappointment' and 'The Golden Age' 178
Pt. III Fiction
10 Who is Silvia? What is she? Feminine identity in Aphra Behn's Love-Letters between a Nobleman and his Sister 199
11 Slave princes and lady monsters: gender and ethnic difference in the work of Aphra Behn 219
12 Oroonoko's blackness 235
13 Confusing matters: searching the backgrounds of Oroonoko 259
Pt. IV Biography
14 Private jottings, public utterances: Aphra Behn's published writings and her commonplace book 285
15 New light on the background and early life of Aphra Behn 310
Index 321
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