Aphra Behn

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Aphra Behn

Writers and Their Work


December 31st, 2006

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During a writing career from the Restoration (1660) to the so-called Glorious Revolution (1688-9) Aphra Behn was prolific in all the commercial genres of her time and treated the most controversial issues of her day - sexual and cultural difference, slavery, politics and money. This study brings together an analysis of the full range of her work in poetry, prose and drama, approaching the texts in terms of their treatment of finance, sexuality and politics. As well as giving full textual and contextual analysis of her best-known plays and prose – The Rover, Oroonoko, Love Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister - it offers extended treatment of plays such as The Lucky Chance and The City Heiress in relation to the sexual and national politics of the Restoration and offers criticism of Behn’s hitherto relatively neglected political and erotic poetry.


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Sue Wiseman teaches English Literature at the University of Warwick

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Half Title2
Title Page4
Biographical Outline9
1 Introduction14
Who was Aphra Behn?17
Restoration politics20
Reading Behn21
2 Poetry23
Behn as a Restoration poet23
Political poetry25
Amorous poetry28
3 Plays38
The Restoration stage38
Behn's political comedies44
The Rover: the signs of carnival63
Behn's drama: some conclusions71
4 Fiction75
Shorter fiction75
Love Letters between a Nobleman and his Sister85
Oroonoko: difference and doubleness98
5 Translation115
6 Monty and Virginia: Behn in the Twentieth Century122
7 Conclusion129
Select Bibliography138