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Aphra Behn: The Comedies

Kate Aughterson

Aphra Behn: The Comedies

ANALYSING TEXTS
General Editor: Nicholas Marsh
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Aphra Behn:
The Comedies
KATE AUGHTERSON

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Aughterson, Kate, 1961–
Aphra Behn : the comedies / Kate Aughterson.
p. cm. — (Analysing texts)
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0-333–96319–9 — ISBN 0–333–96321–0 (pbk.)
1. Behn, Aphra, 1640–1689—Comedies. 2. Women and
literature—England—London—History—17th century. 3. Comedy. I. Title. II. Analysing texts (Palgrave Macmillan (Firm))
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Contents
General Editor’s Preface

viii

A Note on Editions

ix

Introduction

1

Part 1: Analysing Behn’s Comedies
1

Openings

7

2

Endings

31

3

Discovery Scenes

57

4

Heroines and Whores

80

5

Rakes and Gallants

104

6

Multiplying Plots

127

7

Staging

147

8

Carnival and Masquerade

167

9

Politics and Society

186

General Conclusions to Part 1

202

Part 2: Context and Critics
10

Behn’s Literary Career

207

11

Restoration Contexts...
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