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The Dramatist and the Novelist

Jane Spencer

in Aphra Behn's Afterlife

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184942
eISBN:
9780191674402
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184942.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter traces the different trajectories of Aphra Behn's 18th-century life as a dramatist and as a writer of fiction. Behn's fiction remained current in the later 18th century, with editions of ... More


Oroonoko

Jane Spencer

in Aphra Behn's Afterlife

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184942
eISBN:
9780191674402
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184942.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter traces the metamorphosis of Oroonoko into a vehicle for anti-slavery sentiment, showing how this change coincided with a tendency to play down the significance of Aphra Behn as narrator ... More


Conclusion

Jane Spencer

in Aphra Behn's Afterlife

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184942
eISBN:
9780191674402
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184942.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 18th-century Literature

Aphra Behn was a significant influence on 18th-century literature and theatre. As the author of one of the most popular Restoration comedies, she was influential in British theatre, and as the ... More


‘Scarce a good One Play'd’: Tragedy, 1695–1700  

Derek Hughes

in English Drama 1660–1700

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198119746
eISBN:
9780191671203
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119746.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

The comic revival of the late 1690s had no counterpart in tragedy, which continued its general decline into cliched political complacency and aimless sensationalism. As in the earlier part of the ... More


The Author-Monarch and the Royal Slave: Oroonoko and the Blackness of Representation

Catherine Gallagher

in Nobody's Story: The Vanishing Acts of Women Writers in the Marketplace, 1670–1820

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182436
eISBN:
9780191673801
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182436.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter discusses and considers the representation of the author in print. It probes the mystique of a bodiless medium that holds out promises of sovereignty and anonymity in the midst of ... More


The Future Perfect King: Olaudah Equiano and the Poetics of Experience

in On Lingering and Being Last: Race and Sovereignty in the New World

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823229406
eISBN:
9780823240982
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823229406.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American Colonial Literature

The influence of Behn's hero on subsequent European literature — especially in England and in France — has long been recognized. But what is its specificity? After all, as Barry Weller has pointed ... More


For the Pleasure of It: Consuming Novelty

in The Self and It: Novel Objects in Eighteenth-Century England

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804756969
eISBN:
9780804773348
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804756969.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter explores how the idea of the novel as a cultural experience of novelty emerged concurrently with its solidification as a literary medium. That the global origins of England's early ... More


Strange Things, Occult Relations: Emblem and Narrative in Hans Sloane's Voyage to … Jamaica

Christopher P. Iannini

in Fatal Revolutions: Natural History, West Indian Slavery, and the Routes of American Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807835562
eISBN:
9781469601922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807838181_iannini.7
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter analyzes Hans Sloane's essay, Voyage to... Jamaica and establishes its importance for British Atlantic literary history. It discusses how Sloane's empiricist and emblematic methods ... More


How Chinese Things Became Oriental

Eugenia Zuroski Jenkins

in A Taste for China: English Subjectivity and the Prehistory of Orientalism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199950980
eISBN:
9780199345991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199950980.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, World Literature

In the mid-eighteenth century, a series of literary debates over English aesthetics disrupts the intimate relationship between English identity and Chinese things established by earlier literature. ... More


The Paradoxes of Suicide and Slavery in Print

Terri L. Snyder

in The Power to Die: Slavery and Suicide in British North America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226280561
eISBN:
9780226280738
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226280738.003.0005
Subject:
History, African-American History

Accounts of self-destructive slaves were part of the flourishing theme of suicide in early eighteenth-century Anglo-American print and theater. These depictions, often set in British American ... More


Allegories of Imperial Subjection: Literacy as Equivocation in Elizabeth Cary's Tragedy of Mariam

in Dido's Daughters: Literacy, Gender, and Empire in Early Modern England and France

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226243115
eISBN:
9780226243184
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226243184.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter examines the depiction of literacy as a form of colonization in Aphra Behn's Widdow Ranter and Oroonoko. It compares Behn's reflections on empires and on literacy in imperial context ... More


Novels: Or, Fictions, Fables, Travels, and True Histories

Margaret J. M. Ezell

in The Oxford English Literary History: Volume V: 1645–1714: The Later Seventeenth Century: Companion Volume

Published in print:
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
eISBN:
9780191849572
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780191849572.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

The 1680s and 1690s saw continued interest in fiction, including translations of important continental works by Rabelais and Cervantes. Among popular forms, fictions purporting to be ‘real’ letters ... More


Fire and Sword: Aphra Behn and the Materials of Authority

Christopher F. Loar

in Political Magic: British Fictions of Savagery and Sovereignty, 1650-1750

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780823256914
eISBN:
9780823261437
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823256914.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter examines the role of sacral objects or fetishes in the production of sovereignty. Examining Behn’s Oroonoko in conjunction with two of her dramatic works (The Widow Ranter and The ... More


Fugitive Freedom

Jimmy Casas Klausen

in Fugitive Rousseau: Slavery, Primitivism, and Political Freedom

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780823257294
eISBN:
9780823261512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257294.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

While Chapters 3 and 4 exposed failings in other Rousseauian projects of freedom, this final chapter draws together seemingly unapologetic moments of political resistance across Rousseau’s writings. ... More


Behn, Fontenelle, and the Cheats of Revealed Religion

in The Fringes of Belief: English Literature, Ancient Heresy, and the Politics of Freethinking, 1660-1760

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758772
eISBN:
9780804769792
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758772.003.0003
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter describes how classical theology as filtered through the heterodox philosophy of Bernard de Fontenelle sparked the freethinking imagination of Aphra Behn, providing her with an ... More


The Prince

Marta Figlerowicz

in Flat Protagonists: A Theory of Novel Character

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780190496760
eISBN:
9780190496784
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190496760.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The first chapter examines Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko (1688). This early narrative shows that the forms of character construction traced throughout the book accompany the emergent novel from the outset. ... More


Buying Oroonoko in Salem: Sentimentality, Spectacle, Slavery, and the Salem Social Library

Sean D. Moore

in Slavery and the Making of Early American Libraries: British Literature, Political Thought, and the Transatlantic Book Trade, 1731-1814

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780198836377
eISBN:
9780191873621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198836377.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter maps the reception of John Hawkesworth’s theatrical adaptation of Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko in Salem, Massachusetts, in the 1760s, explaining how the literary representation of what Ramesh ... More


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