Approaches to Teaching Behn's Oroonoko

Approaches to Teaching Behn's Oroonoko

by Cynthia Richards
     
 

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Once merely a footnote in Restoration and eighteenth-century studies and rarely taught, Oroonoko; or, The Royal Slave (1688), by Aphra Behn, is now essential reading for scholars and a classroom favorite. It appears in general surveys and in courses on early modern British writers, postcolonial literature, American literature, women’s literature, drama

Overview

Once merely a footnote in Restoration and eighteenth-century studies and rarely taught, Oroonoko; or, The Royal Slave (1688), by Aphra Behn, is now essential reading for scholars and a classroom favorite. It appears in general surveys and in courses on early modern British writers, postcolonial literature, American literature, women’s literature, drama, the slave narrative, and autobiography.

Part 1 of this volume, “Materials,” provides not only resources for the teacher of Oroonoko but also a brief chronology of Behn’s life and work. In part 2, “Approaches,” essays offer a diversity of perspectives appropriate to a text that challenges student assumptions and contains not one story but many: Oroonoko as a romance, as a travel account, as a heroic tragedy, as a window to seventeenth-century representations of race, as a reflection of Tory-Whig conflict in the time of Charles II.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Oroonoko is an excellent choice for this series because of its popularity in an exceptionally broad range of college and university courses, and this volume does an excellent job presenting the scholarly and pedagogical diversity used in teaching the work.” —Richard Frohock, Oklahoma State University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603291712
Publisher:
Modern Language Association of America
Publication date:
04/04/2014
Series:
Approaches to Teaching World Literature , #127
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
805 KB

Meet the Author

Cynthia Richards, professor and chair of the English department at Wittenberg University, is the editor of Wollstonecraft’s The Wrongs of Woman; or, Maria and the author of articles on Aphra Behn, Eliza Haywood, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Mary Hays.

Mary Ann O’Donnell, professor emerita of English and former dean of the School of Arts at Manhattan College, teaches in the Marymount Manhattan College Program at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. Among her publications on Behn is the primary and secondary bibliography of Behn’s works.

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