Aphra Behns Afterlife

Hardcover | November 15, 2000

byJane Spencer

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Aphra Behn, now becoming recognized as a major Restoration figure, is especially significant as an early example of a successful professional woman writer: an important and often troubling role-model for later generations of women. This book shows that her influence on eighteenth-centuryliterature was far-reaching. Because literary history was (and to an extent still is) based on notions of patrilineal succession, it has been difficult to recognize the generative work of women's texts among male writers. This book suggests that Behn had 'sons' as well as 'daughters' and argues thatwe need a feminist revision of the notion of literary influence. Behn's reputation was very different in different genres. The book analyses her reception as a poet, a novelist, and a dramatist, showing how reactions to her became an important part of the creation of the English literarycanon.

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Aphra Behn, now becoming recognized as a major Restoration figure, is especially significant as an early example of a successful professional woman writer: an important and often troubling role-model for later generations of women. This book shows that her influence on eighteenth-centuryliterature was far-reaching. Because literary his...

Jane Spencer is at the University of Exeter.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:November 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198184948

ISBN - 13:9780198184942

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IntroductionPART I: REPUTATIONSPleasure and Poetry: The Behn MythThe Novelist and the PoetPART II: INFLUENCESThe Sons of BehnHer Wit, Without Her Shame: Women Writers after BehnPART III: RECEPTIONSThe RoverOroonokoConclusionBibliographyIndex