A wide range of scholars have and continue to explore the works of Aphra Behn. What follows is a primer of research resources if, after listening to this podcast, you are eager to learn more.



Editions & Reference

  • Behn, Aphra. The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Aphra Behn: Plays 1682–1696. Edited by Rachel Adcock, Claire Bowditch, Elaine Hobby, and Alan James Hogarth, Anita Pacheco, and Margarete Rubik, vol. 4, Cambridge University Press, 2021, doi: 10.1017/9781108887564.
  • Behn, Aphra. Oroonoko and Other Writings. Edited by Paul Salzman, Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Behn, Aphra. The Rover and Other Plays. Edited by Jane Spencer, Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Behn, Aphra. “The Widdow Ranter, or, The History of Bacon in Virginia (1690).” Electronic Texts in American Studies, edited by Paul Royster, vol. 45, 1690, pp. 1–77. url:
  • British Library, et al. Discovering Literature: Restoration & 18th Century. 2018, url:
  • Todd, Janet. “Behn, Aphra [Aphara] (1640?–1689), Writer.” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 23 Sept. 2004, doi: 10.1093/ref:odnb/1961.


Recent Articles

  • Bowditch, Claire, and Elaine Hobby. “Aphra Behn’s 350th Anniversary and Some Radical Re-Imaginings.” Women’s Writing, vol. 27, no. 3, 2020, pp. 265–74, doi: 10.1080/09699082.2020.1748806.
  • Britland, Karen. “Aphra Behn’s First Marriage?” The Seventeenth Century, vol. 36, no. 1, 2021, pp. 33–53. doi: 10.1080/0268117X.2019.1693420.
  • Van Hensbergen, Claudine. “Aphra Behn: Portraiture and the Biographical Account.” The Review of English Studies, Feb. 2021, doi: 10.1093/res/hgaa098.


  • Duffy, Maureen. The Passionate Shepherdess: The Life of Aphra Behn, 1640-1689. Phoenix, 2000.
  • Hughes, Derek. The Theatre of Aphra Behn. Palgrave Macmillan, 2001, doi: 10.1057/9780230597709.
  • Hughes, Derek, and Janet Todd, editors. The Cambridge Companion to Aphra Behn. Cambridge University Press, 2004, doi: 10.1017/CCOL0521820197.
  • Hutner, Heidi. Rereading Aphra Behn: History, Theory, and Criticism. University of Virginia Press, 1993.
  • O’Donnell, Mary Ann. Aphra Behn: An Annotated Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources. Routledge, 2017.
  • Owens, W. R., and Lizbeth Goodman. Shakespeare, Aphra Behn and the Canon. Routledge, 1996.
  • Spencer, Jane. Aphra Behn’s Afterlife. Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • Todd, Janet M. Aphra Behn: A Secret Life. Rutgers University Press, 1997.
  • Woolf, Virginia. “Chapter Four.” A Room of One’s Own, Harcourt, 1991, pp. 58–78.

Last updated 7 June 2021.