Aphra Behn and Female Sexuality

Aphra Behn, recognized as being England’s first woman writer to earn money from her publications, is a woman who pushed boundaries with her writing in numerous ways. In addition to being a spy, playwright, and author of prose, Behn scandalized her contemporaries with her sometimes explicit and always unapologetic portrayal of female sexuality in her … Read moreAphra Behn and Female Sexuality

Power Dynamics and Sexual Double Standards in “The Disappointment” and ‘Fantomia’

Aphra Behn’s “The Disappointment” and Eliza Haywood’s “Fantomina” both imply a strong relationship between sex and power. Yet, the ways in which their characters understand this relationship is dependent on their gender. The male protagonists, Lysander and Beauplaisir, obtain power from their consummation of a sexual encounter. The female protagonists, Cloris and Fantomina, secure power … Read morePower Dynamics and Sexual Double Standards in “The Disappointment” and ‘Fantomia’