Aphra Behn Studies

Aphra Behn Studies

by Janet Todd (Editor)


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Aphra Behn was England's first professional woman writer, but her status as a major author has only recently become clear. Between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries Behn was denigrated for her "unwomanly" subject matter and intellectual immodesty. In the twentieth century she has been increasingly viewed as a leading dramatist 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 for those interested in the development of women's writing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521119641
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/17/2009
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Janet Todd; Part I. Plays: 1. Sexual politics and party politics in Behn's drama, 1678-83 Sue Owen; 2. Popish plots: The Feign'd Curtizans in context Alison Shell; 3. Fiction feigning feminity: false counts and pageant kings in Aphra Behn's Popish Plot writings Ros Ballaster; 4. More for seeing than hearing: Behn and the use of theatre Dawn Lewcock; 5. The Rover and the eighteenth century Jane Spencer; Part II. Poetry: 6. Aphra Behn: poetry and masquerade Paul Salzman; 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 Virginia Crompton; 8. Aphra Behn: the politics of translation Elizabeth Spearing; 9. 'But to the touch were soft': sex, property and the politics of the penis Jessica Munns; Part II. Fiction: 10. Who is Silvia: what is she?: feminine identity in Aphra Behn's Love-Letters between a Nobleman and his Sister Janet Todd; 11. Slave princes and lady monsters: gender and ethnic difference in the work of Aphra Behn Jacqueline Pearson; 12. Oroonoko's blackness Catherine Gallagher; 13. Confusing matters: searching the backgrounds of Oroonoko Joanna Lipking; Part IV. Biography: 14. Private jottings, public utterances: Aphra Behn's writings and her Commonplace Book Mary Ann O'Donnell; 15. New light on the background and early life of Aphra Behn Jane Jones.

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