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Approaches to Teaching Behn’s Oroonoko

Editor(s): Cynthia Richards, Mary Ann O'Donnell

Pages: xv & 227 pp.
Published: 2013
ISBN: 9781603291279 (cloth)
ISBN: 9781603291286 (paperback)


Oroonoko is an excellent choice for this series because of its popularity in an exceptionally broad range of college and university courses, and this volume does an excellent job presenting the scholarly and pedagogical diversity used in teaching the work.”
Richard Frohock, Oklahoma State University

Once merely a footnote in Restoration and eighteenth-century studies and rarely taught, Oroonoko; or, The Royal Slave (1688), by Aphra Behn, is now essential reading for scholars and a classroom favorite. It appears in general surveys and in courses on early modern British writers, postcolonial literature, American literature, women’s literature, drama, the slave narrative, and autobiography.

Part 1 of this volume, “Materials,” provides not only resources for the teacher of Oroonoko but also a brief chronology of Behn’s life and work. In part 2, “Approaches,” essays offer a diversity of perspectives appropriate to a text that challenges student assumptions and contains not one story but many: Oroonoko as a romance, as a travel account, as a heroic tragedy, as a window to seventeenth-century representations of race, as a reflection of Tory-Whig conflict in the time of Charles II.

Sharon Alker
Emily Hodgson Anderson
Srinivas Aravamudan
Ana de Freitas Boe
Erik Bond
Keith M. Botelho
Vincent Carretta
Ashley Cross
Laura Doyle
Karen Gevirtz
Derek Hughes
Scott J. Juengel
Thomas W. Krise
Joyce Green MacDonald
Roberta C. Martin
Shawn Lisa Maurer
Jane Milling
Jessica Munns
Holly Faith Nelson
Bill Overton
Leslie Richardson
Laura J. Rosenthal
Margarete Rubik
Laura L. Runge
Jane Spencer
Laura M. Stevens
James Grantham Turner
Rose Zimbardo

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