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The Cambridge Companion to Aphra Behn

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Part of Cambridge Companions to Literature

Mary Ann O'Donnell, Susan Staves, Derek Hughes, Melinda S. Zook, Susan J. Owen, Janet Todd, Robert Markley, Helen M. Burke, Ros Ballaster, Laura J. Rosenthal, Joanna Lipking, Jacqueline Pearson, Jessica Munns, Line Cottegnies
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  • Date Published: January 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521527200

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  • Traditionally known as the first professional woman writer in English, Aphra Behn (1640-1689) has now emerged as one of the major figures of the Restoration, providing more plays for the stage than any other author and greatly influencing the development of the novel. Behn's work straddles the genres of drama, fiction, poetry and translation. With its full bibliography, detailed chronology and a description of the known facts of her life, this Companion is essential to studying her work.

    • The most comprehensive companion for students and scholars on the first British woman to earn her living as a creative writer
    • Covers all of Behn's work in drama, poetry, fiction and prose, including chapters on Oroonoko and The Rover
    • Sets Behn in her historical context with a chapter on the 17th century slave trade and the colonial world
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    "Taken as a group, the essays here assembled make for one of the best volumes to emanate from the excellent Cambridge Companions to Literature series." Choice

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    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521527200
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 155 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology Mary Ann O'Donnell
    1. Aphra Behn: the documentary record Mary Ann O'Donnell
    2. Behn, women and society Susan Staves
    3. Aphra Behn and the Restoration theatre Derek Hughes
    4. The political poetry of Aphra Behn Melinda S. Zook
    5. Behn's dramatic response to Restoration politics Susan J. Owen
    6. Tragedy and tragicomedy Janet Todd and Derek Hughes
    7. Behn and the unstable traditions of social comedy Robert Markley
    8. The Cavalier myth in The Rover Helen M. Burke
    9. 'The Story of the heart': Love-Letters between a Nobleman and his Sister Ros Ballaster
    10. Oroonoko: reception, ideology, and narrative strategy Laura J. Rosenthal
    11. 'Others', slaves and colonists in Oroonoko Joanna Lipking
    12. The short fiction (excluding Oroonoko) Jacqueline Pearson
    13. Pastoral and Lyric: Astrea in Arcadia Jessica Munns
    14. Aphra Behn's French translations Line Cottegnies
    Further reading.

  • Editors

    Derek Hughes, University of Aberdeen
    Derek Hughes is Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick.

    Janet Todd, University of Glasgow
    Janet Todd is Francis Hutcheson Professor of English Literature at the University of Glasgow.


    Mary Ann O'Donnell, Susan Staves, Derek Hughes, Melinda S. Zook, Susan J. Owen, Janet Todd, Robert Markley, Helen M. Burke, Ros Ballaster, Laura J. Rosenthal, Joanna Lipking, Jacqueline Pearson, Jessica Munns, Line Cottegnies

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