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Aphra Behn's afterlife

Author: Jane Spencer
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
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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-century literature was far-reaching. Because literary history was (and to an extent still is) based on notions of patrilineal succession,  Read more...
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Spencer, Jane.
Aphra Behn's afterlife.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2000
(OCoLC)647134699
Named Person: Aphra Behn; Aphra Behn; Aphra Behn; Aphra Behn; Aphra Behn; Aphra Behn; Aphra Behn; Aphra Behn; Aphra Behn; Aphra Behn
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jane Spencer
ISBN: 0198184948 9780198184942
OCLC Number: 44461868
Description: viii, 309 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Pleasure and poetry: the Behn myth --
The dramatist and the novelist --
The sons of Behn --
Her wit, without her shame: women writing after Behn --
The rover --
Oroonoko.
Responsibility: Jane Spencer.
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