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Download Oroonoko The Rover and Other Works mobi Ø The Rover and Other Works Å randarenewables ☆ 'All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds' Virginia Woolf in A Room of One's OwnBy tMuch for her 'female sweetness' as for her 'manly grace' she was 'sole Empress of the Land of Wit' yet two centureis of female modesty were to pass before she could again come into her o Finally I read seven other books during the time it took me to finish this one Jesus Anyway I'll be writing a full review for The Classics Club soon but just for now it's worth noting this book is super super racist It was written in 1688 or thereabouts so that is sort of par for the course but it's racist in some pretty spectacular ways it's not all black people are gross and bestial so much as it is This one African prince was so perfect and amazing no one could figure out how he could have grown up like this and then they realized that his tutor was European which explains everything Except for the fact that this amazing African prince also had completely European features which only goes to show how amazing he really was That kind of racist The kind that makes you go WHAT SERIOUSLYI mean Aphra Behn may have been the first woman in English literary history to earn her living by her pen but she wasn't no saint is all I'm saying

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'All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds' Virginia Woolf in A Room of One's OwnBy the time o My class didn't actually read this entire work we read The Rover and The Fair Jilt a play and a short story respectively The Fair Jilt was sort of boring and also irritating because it's about a woman who falls in love with a monk who's really a banished prince who got banished because of romantic fuck ups and when he rejects her advances she accuses him of raping her He gets sent to prison to await execution she goes on with her life but at least karma comes around and bites her in the ass eventually I liked The Rover a lot and I can't really do it justice except by uoting the plot synopsis on the back of the book The Rover centers on the dissolute Cavalier Will and the attempts of two spirited women Angellica Bianca a courtesan and Hellena a cross dressing virgin to woo himIt reminded me of one of Shakespeare's lighter comedies romantic shenanigans and cross dressing aplenty but R rated There's a courtesan and a prostitute and not one but two scenes where the heroine almost gets raped But the whole play is still oddly hilarious and I wonder what it would look like presented on stage Read for Women in Early British LiteratureUPDATE Thanks to my Colonial Imagination class I recently read Oroonoko as well It's Behn's most famous work and rightly so Her story about an African prince who get fucked over by life over and over is sad beautiful well written and liberally sprinkled with Behn's white privilege perspective The best example of this is when Oroonoko gets sold into slavery and put on a boat to make the infamous Middle Passage the route that the slave ships took from Africa to South America It was a horrendous trip made under almost unbearable conditions but Behn merely says that the voyage was tedious and skips right ahead to when we land in South America Whoops

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Oroonoko The Rover and Other WorksF her death in 1689 the poet playwright novelist and politial satirist Aphra Behn had become the first truly professional woman writer in English Famous for her frank eroticism enjoyed as This was a really surprising read I had read of Behn’s work in passing at university and had awareness of her as this rather exceptional person trail blazing for women writers and frankly living an extraordinary life for a 17th century womanI came across her again as part of post colonial reading as part of my post grad with the Open University but this is tHe first time I had taken down her collected works from my shelves and read in detail and what an extraordinary collection of writing it is?It starts with a fairytale esue story of The Fair Jilt The fact that this is a story written in 1688 by a female author makes the central action of the narrative in which the main female protagonist cries rape when the object of her affections spurns her advances all the shocking and surprising It is a many layered tale with much to say on morality of the sexes and gender power I just could get over how readable and accessible her writing is kept having to remind myself that this was less than 100 years after ShakespeareI cannot say I enjoyed reading Oroonoko as the events that are told are so tragic not just in the fate of the eponymous slave prince but also for the window on a world that has been forever lost The passages on the treatment of Oroonoko and Imoinda are incredibly painful to read as is the harsh brutality of the indigenous tribes they encounter There is so much to say in this text and I definitely feel I need to return and study it in detail I will definitely incorporate this as a companion text to my teaching of Othello going forward I also see plenty of opportunities when teaching colonialism and post colonialism so many interesting comparative texts come to mind Robinson Crusoe and Foe Heart of Darkness Mosuito Coast it is an incredible rich text when compared with what comes afterwards Also to put a black character as the moral heart of her story is incredibly brave even if he is again punished by a world not ready for him to break out of the bounds of his circumstancesThen the collection ends with another change of pace form and intent with two plays that are witty satirical that look again at gender roles and power but in a way that is engaging to read and I bet even fun to watch in stageWhat a writer what range and intellect and experience Aphra Behn definitely makes it into my dream dinner party list what a set of tales and experiences she had and so far ahead of her time