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ISBN-13: 9781603291286
Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
Publication date: 01/01/2014
Series: Approaches to Teaching World Literature Series , #127
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Preface xi


Basic Resources 3

Editions 3

Classroom Texts 3

Online Editions 4

Concordances 4

Bibliographies 5

Biographies 5

Monographs 5

Collected Essays 5

Book Chapters and Articles 6

Discussions of Race and Slavery 7

Historical Approaches 7

Comparative Approaches 8

Surinam 9

Other Approaches 9

Maps and Illustrations 10

Additional Online Resources 10

Chronology 11


Introduction 19

Formal and Thematic Contexts

What Kind of Story Is This? 27

Credibility and Truth in Oroonoko 34

Oroonoko: Romance to Novel 39

The Language of Oroonoko 43

Oroonoko and the Heroics of Virtue 50

Cultural Contexts

Oroonoko and Blackness 57

Economic Oroonoko 65

The Traffic of Women: Oroonoko in an Atlantic Framework 71

Entering Atlantic History: Oroonoko, Revolution, and Race 78

Writing War in Oroonoko 85

Oroonoko as a Caribbean Text 92

Pedagogical Contexts

How Big Did She Say That Snake Was? Teaching the Contradiction in Oroonoko 99

Teaching Oroonoko in a Literature Survey 1 Course 107

Teaching Oroonoko in a Literature Survey 2 Course 112

Teaching Oroonoko in the Travel Narrative Course 118

Teaching Oroonoko at a Historically Black University 124

Teaching the Teachers: Oroonoko as a Lesson in Critical Self-Consciousness 131

Comparative Contexts

Oroonoko's Cosmopolitans 136

Teaching Oroonoko with Milton and Dryden; or, Behn's Use of the Heroic 143

Teaching Oroonoko with Early Modern Drama 150

Unbearable Theater: Oroonoko's Sentimental Afterlife 156

Two Oroonokos: Behn's and Bandele's 162

Representations of Race, Status, and Slavery in Behn's Oroonoko and Equiano's Interesting Narrative 167

Authorial Contexts

The Early Modern Body in Behn's Poetry and Oroonoko 174

Oroonoko and the Problem of Teaching Novelty 181

Transatlantic Crossing: Teaching Oroonoko with The Widdow Ranter 187

Behn and the Canon 194

Notes on Contributors 201

Survey Participants 205

Works Cited 207

Index 223

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