By Jane Spencer
Aphra Behn, now turning into famous as a huge recovery determine, is mainly major as an early instance of a winning specialist lady author. This ebook analyses her reception as a poet, a novelist, and a dramatist, demonstrating her far-reaching impression on eighteenth-century literature and at the formation of the English literary canon.
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Behn’s involvement in the new commercialization, not only of literature but of authorship, has been emphasized in recent accounts: she is seen as a canny self-promoter, marketing her own image as ‘author–whore’, but this is only part of the story. As Dustin Griffin has argued, the period – was a transitional one between a court-based literary culture and a marketbased print culture. Aphra Behn, like Milton and Dryden, belonged ‘to both cultures—the old world of patronage and the new world of Todd, Secret Life, –.
Published by Jacob Tonson in , this was a prestigious volume, and Behn’s inclusion is an indication that she had gained some recognition among those she liked to think of as her Alexander Radcliffe, The Ramble (London, ), . O’Donnell, Bibliography, . 01 Chapter 0646 30/8/00 12:33 pm Page 25 Pleasure and Poetry: The Behn Myth brother poets. She chose, or was assigned, a female voice, writing a paraphrase of Oenone’s epistle to Paris. Though she was promptly satirized by Matthew Prior for her lack of Latin, this publication represented a foothold in the classical tradition that still defined who could and who could not be considered true poets.
She was well known for her affair with another ‘admirer of Lucretius’, as she called him (Works, i. This aspect of Behn disturbed many of her contemporaries. Attacks on Behn are sometimes represented—as she Poems Upon Several Occasions . In Creech’s volume these lines run: ‘As strong as Faiths resistless Oracles, | Faith the Religious Souls content, | Faith the secure retreat of Routed Argument’ (Works, i. ). Bulstrode Whitelocke’s entry in his Commonplace Book, made on May just after Hoyle was killed during a quarrel: cited in Summers, The Works of Aphra Behn, i, p.
Aphra Behn's Afterlife by Jane Spencer