Aphra Behn: The Comedies

  • Authors
  • Kate Aughterson

Part of the Analysing Texts book series (ANATX)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

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      Pages 1-3
  3. Analysing Behn’s Comedies

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      Pages 5-5
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  4. Context and Critics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 253-259

About this book


Kate Aughterson provides readers with an approachable and fascinating critical guide to the dramatic works of an important seventeenth-century woman writer. 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.

Chapters in the first part of the book provide close readings of the comedies, addressing such topics as openings, endings, character types, staging, and politics and society. In the second part, Aughterson not only examines Behn's literary career and the Restoration contexts of her plays, but also looks at some sample criticism and explores Behn's drama as performance.

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2003
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • Print ISBN 978-0-333-96321-0
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-62944-8
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