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Michèle Roberts spoke engagingly at the second of our Something Rhymed salons about the historical and political contexts of gender discrimination in the literary world.
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by NONA BLYTH CLOUD
It’s 1665, and you’re an Englishwoman married to a Dutchman, who dies suddenly, leaving you nothing but debts. You’re recruited as an ‘intelligence gatherer’ for King Charles II, using the code name “Astrea.” The Crown pays for your passage to Antwerp. 3,067 more words
In 1712, Pope published his famous verse The Rape of the Lock, making use of the mock-epic style typical of the Augustan Age. Pope burlesqued the classical epic form by bringing the formulas characteristic of the epic such as the invocation of a deity, a formal statement of theme, the division of the work into cantos, grandiose speeches, battles, supernatural machinery and mythopoeia to bear upon a trivial event – an idle lord, the Baron, cutting off a small lock of hair from the head of an idle young beauty, Belinda. 1,513 more words
The Rover (p.1677), Aphra Behn’s renowned Restoration Comedy, interweaves issues of gender relations, social hierarchies and identity in a carnivalesque backdrop wherein masquerade is used as a device to pit characters against social rebellion and to test their virtue. 1,212 more words
Oroonoko by Aphra Behn was first published in 1688. It is a piece of travel writing in the form of fiction designed to appear as a true account. 1,519 more words