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A Slave Only in Name: The Portrayal of Slavery in Aphra Behn's "Oroonoko"

It’s been well over a century and a half since slavery was abolished, but there are still ongoing controversies over how to portray it. Films such as Birth of A Nation and Gone With The Wind romanticized slavery, and influenced popular opinion of the subject for decades. 1,290 more words


Aphra Behn: The Milestone No One Knows

“All women together, ought to let flowers fall upon the grave of Aphra Behn… for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds… Behn proved that money could be made by writing at the sacrifice, perhaps, of certain agreeable qualities; and so by degrees writing became not merely a sign of folly and a distracted mind but was of practical importance.” -Virginia Woolf

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Whatever is essential to Female Poets

Yes, in this youngest world
Maybe women can be writers
And achieve fame and livelihood

Without barren men to falter their craft
Maybe ten thousand martyrs are enough? 228 more words


August 28: Aphra Behn

Hello Cobblers!

Today we praise the work of Aphra Behn with her poem “To the Fair Clarinda, Who Made Love to Me, Imagine More Than Woman.” Longest poem title ever, but fantastic. 131 more words


Benn. Aphra Behn. Neither shaken nor stirred.

Aphra Johnson is one of England’s foremost literary ladies. She wrote plays and poems and even a book on botany but I first heard of her because she was an early novelist and spent a grim week wading through her novel Oroonoko – though to be fair Eighteenth Century Studies was by far the grimmest of the courses I followed many moons ago at university and I didn’t know the extent that she was drawing on her experiences and coming to think of it she had nothing to do with the eighteenth century! 459 more words

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Episode 166: A Craft Discussion About Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own with Vanessa Blakeslee!

Episode 166 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing and literature is available on iTunes, or right click here to download. 90 more words


The Collectress Picks: 5 Bad Ass Historical Women

I have a lot of respect for the women that paved the way for the rest of us. Here are five women who defied cultural norms and expectations to do incredible things. 1,002 more words

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