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Aphra Behn's Afterlife

Jane Spencer


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 18th-century literature 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 that we need a femini ... More

Keywords: Aphra Behn, Restoration, feminist, professional woman writer, literary influence

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Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198184942
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184942.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane Spencer, author
University of Exeter
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