Aphra behn, one of the most influential dramatists of the late seventeenth century, was also a celebrated poet and novelist her contemporary reputation was founded primarily on her. The rover or the banish'd cavaliers is a play in two parts that is written by the english author aphra behnit is a revision of thomas killigrew's play thomaso, or the wanderer (1664), and depicts the amorous adventures of a group of englishmen in naples at carnival time. Aphra behn (baptized 10 july 1640 - 16 april 1689) was an english poet, playwright, and novelist, one of the first english professional female writers her writing contributed to the amatory fiction genre of british literature. Restoration comedies and tragedies often get overlooked in our rush to celebrate the elizabethan and jacobean drama of marlowe, shakespeare, and jonson yet any survey of english literature would be substantially poorer if it didn't mention aphra behn, william wycherley, or william congreve below. Professional female playwright aphra behn wrote the rover, a restoration comedy the rover aphra behn's the rover , first produced in 1677, is one of the premiere examples of a restoration comedy.
The rover (i) is undoubtedly the best known of aphra behn's comedies it long remained a popular favourite in the theatre, its verve, bustle and wit, utterly defiant of the modest josephs and qualmy prudes who censured these lively scenes. Behn uses the convention of personifying characters to demand respect for her favourite character who, incidentally, has her author's initials ab in comparison to other restoration comedies, few of the characters in the rover bear personified. She has never been modern: aphra behn and the comedy of disavowal in zinato s, editor, rehearsals of the modern: experience and experiment in restoration drama in zinato s, editor, rehearsals of the modern: experience and experiment in restoration drama.
Read aphra behn: the comedies by dr kate aughterson with rakuten kobo kate aughterson provides readers with an approachable and fascinating critical guide to the dramatic works of an importa. Aphra behn (1640-89) was the first english woman to be a professional playwright she wrote at least seventeen plays, mostly comedies. Aphra behn's the city heiress: feminism and the dynamics of popular success on the late seventeenth-century stage - robert markley a dark comedy: aphra behn's the town-fopp - naoki kondo [pdf] re-crafting the heroic, constructing a female hero: margaret cavendish and aphra behn - pilar cuder domínguez.
Performed in 1677, aphra behn's play, the rover, speaks to this double standard, which limited her female peers' sexual desires to the realm of convent, brothel, or home set loose in the topsy-turvy world of carnival, her characters demonstrate the active, complicated game required of women seeking to secure personal happiness. This is a study of behn's experimentation with the cit-cuckolding comedy as a tool of political comment during the exclusion crisis and the early years of james ii's reign it looks briefly at sir. Behn, afra, aphra, aphara, or ayfara (1640-1689), dramatist and novelist, was baptised at wye on 10 july 1640 she was the daughter of john johnson, a barber, and of amy, his wife she was the daughter of john johnson, a barber, and of amy, his wife. Abstract this is a study of behn's experimentation with the cit-cuckolding comedy as a tool of political comment during the exclusion crisis and the early years of james ii's reign. Among behn's sources was the italian commedia dell'arte (improvised comedy), which she used in her farce 'the emperor of the moon' (1687), forerunner of the modern-day pantomime.
Aughterson analyses aphra behn's abilities as a playwright, showing particularly how she skillfully employs comic and dramatic conventions to radical ends, and how she forces her audience to engage with issues about gender and sexuality whilst retaining her witty and accessible style. Aphra behn, (born 1640, harbledown, kent, eng—died april 16, 1689, london), english dramatist, fiction writer, and poet who was the first englishwoman known to earn her living by writing her origin remains a mystery, in part because behn may have deliberately obscured her early life. The prostitute and the playwright in the plays of aphra behn, women's studies 14/15 (1988): 23-42 rpt in last laughs: perspectives on women and comedy, ed regina barreca, gender and culture, 2 (new york: gordon and breach, 1988) rpt in rereading aphra behn: history, theory, and criticism, ed heidi hutner (charlottesville: univ press of. The book, aphra behn: the comedies: the comedies [bulk, wholesale, quantity] isbn# 9780333963210 in paperback by aughterson, kate may be ordered in bulk quantities minimum starts at 25 copies availability based on publisher status and quantity being ordered.
Find books, essays and journal articles in mla international bibliography mla international bibliography is the definitive literary research database, indexing the most authoritative scholarship on aphra behn from books and academic journals. The geography of aphra behn's city comedies cynthia l caywood after centuries of obscurity, aphra behn (1640-1689) has come to be canonized as one of the most pre-eminent writers of any gender from the restoration period. Read review: aphra behn: the comedies, notes and queries on deepdyve, the largest online rental service for scholarly research with thousands of academic publications available at your fingertips.
Aphra behn : the comedies [kate aughterson] -- provides students with an approachable analysis of behn's dramaturgical abilities, showing how she uses comic and dramatic conventions to radical ends aughterson shows how behn forces her audience. Diane maybank introduces the characters, conventions and historical context of restoration comedy, and explores what the genre has to say about gender, courtship and class within this select group there is much variety the obscure and impoverished aphra behn was the only woman and the first to. About the rover aphra behn was among the wittiest and most prolific playwrights of her day the rover is the most popular of behn's plays, a comedy set in a 17th century spanish colony during carnival time.
Yet for a time, behn's name fell out of a literary canon that privileged male playwrights it was the production of the first norton anthology of women's literature and the advent of women's studies courses in the late 1980s allowed scholars and students to rediscover behn's drama. In aphra behn: the comedies, part of the palgrave macmillan series analyzing texts, kate aughterson provides a remarkable teaching tool that leads the reader through a detailed textual analysis of. Aphra behn made a name for herself in restoration-era england, when most women still relied on their husbands.