In this episode, Jenna and Brooke consider the rapid growth in popularity of coffeehouses and its influence on gossip culture in seventeenth-century England, paying particular attention to Behn’s plays, The Emperor of the Moon, The Rover, and The Widow Ranter.
In this episode, Ke-Anna, Aramis, and Savannah try to figure out exactly what about the newly-restored monarchy Behn’s works valorize and critique, with some help from an interview with Dr. Michelle Dowd (University of Alabama), director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies.
In this episode, Emma, Emma, and Emily take a look at how Behn’s characters use covert skill to make their own way in a world working against them. The episode features an interview with Dr. Claire Bowditch (Loughborough University), general editor of the new Cambridge Edition of the Works of Aphra Behn.
Marlee and Hughes explore metaphors from nature, as well as disease allusions related to plagues or poxes to develop characters’ deportments, romances, and mannerisms across the works of Aphra Behn.