Aphra Behn's oeuvre comprises a stimulating variety of genres. She was the first commercial female English playwright; she might be regarded as the „mother‟ of the English novel; she was a celebrated poet; she was also a translator and literary critic. The conference aims at investigating her lasting contribution to the tradition of English literature and her influence on later generations of (female) authors, and her continuing appeal to both creative writers and critics today.
We invite papers which examine both Aphra Behn's work itself and her place in the context of female writing in her age. We also want to trace her influence on her successors and analyse the way in which she acted as a model for later generations of writers, who were inspired by her professional success, imitated her subjects and her style and defined themselves in relation to her – both in terms of following her example and reacting against it.
The conference will take place from 8th-10th July 2010 at the English Department of the University of Vienna, Austria.
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