Allegories of Imperial Subjection

in Dido's Daughters

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780226243115
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226243184 | DOI:
Allegories of Imperial Subjection

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This chapter examines the depiction of literacy as a form of colonization in Aphra Behn's Widdow Ranter and Oroonoko. It compares Behn's reflections on empires and on literacy in imperial context with those of Elizabeth Cary and suggests that Behn's vision of England as an imperial nation was critically colored by her experience as a woman writer who had worked in the theater. This chapter highlights Behn's focused on imagine new worlds in her later works.

Keywords: Aphra Behn; Widdow Ranter; Oroonoko; literacy; colonization; empires; Elizabeth Cary; imperial nation; new worlds

Chapter.  31894 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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