Category Archives: Behn (Aphra)

Behn’s Comedy Masks Feminist Protest

Aphra Behn’s 1677 play “The Rover” hides its feminist protest within a comic form.

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Sexual Misconduct in the Classics

A sexual misconduct course required of all employees got me thinking of problematic situations in the books that I teach.

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Can Raillery Defuse NFL Anger?

Aphra Behn wrestles with novel ways to deal with potential abuse in her play “The Rover.”

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The Minefield of Talking about Race

More thoughts on how to address difficult questions of race, again with the help of Aphra Behn.

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Race Disagreements amongst Friends

The intricacies of the debate between Chait and Coates on the culture of poverty can be sorted out by applying Aphra Behn’s “Oroonoko.”

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A 17th Century Comedy Addressing Rape

The Right Wing’s “war on women” is affecting the way my students read Aphra Behn.

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Friendships across Race Lines

Today, in honor of Martin Luther King, I want to talk about interracial friendship: how important it is that we make friends with people of other races and the reasons why those friendships are so often challenging. The work I’m going to use to guide this discussion is Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko, a remarkable 1687 account, partly […]

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Aphra Behn, Sexual Revolutionary

Aphra Behn, by Mary Beale I am having a great deal of fun teaching Aphra Behn’s play The Rover this week. Written in 1677 during the reign of Charles II, it is a rollicking sex comedy that proved to be very popular. A woman writing for the stage was in itself extraordinary. That the play […]

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