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Defaced: teaching notes on Imoida's beheading

You probably know Behn’s Oroonoko better than I do. I’m reading/teaching (or that teaching/reading?) it for the first time.

Yesterday, we focused on this:

All that Love could say in such Cases, being ended, and all the intermitting Irresolutions being adjusted, the lovely, young and ador’d Victim lays herself down before the Sacrificer; while he, with a Hand resolved, and a Heart-breaking within, gave the fatal Stroke, first cutting her Throat, and then severing her yet smiling Face from that delicate Body, pregnant as it was with the Fruits of tenderest Love.

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Teaching

Song

Song
Aphra Behn, 1640-1689

Oh love! that stronger art than Wine,
Pleasing Delusion, Witchery divine,
Wont to be priz’d above all Wealth,
Disease that has more Joys than Health; 135 more words

Poetry

Aphra Behn: Emperor of the Moon by Alan Litsey

APHRA BEHN: EMPEROR OF THE MOON
Copyright 2006

CHARACTERS

Aphra Behn Playwright and novelist

Mrs. Betty Moulder Actress for the Duke’s Men

Audrey Mr. Betterton’s Prompter… 7,614 more words

Aphra Behn

Oroonoko

I first heard about Oroonoko by Aphra Behn from my wife.  She’s a British Literature guru and recommended this work to me when I asked for a piece that was from the Restoration period and written by a woman.  638 more words