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The Rover: Methuen Student Edtion Aphra Behn

The Rover: Methuen Student Edtion

Aphra Behn

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ISBN : 9780413668806
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112 pages
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Aphra Behn was among the wittiest and most prolific playwrights of her dayThe Rover is the most popular of Behns plays, a comedy set in a 17th century Spanish colony during carnival time. Scenes of infidelity, elopement and seduction are juxtaposedMoreAphra Behn was among the wittiest and most prolific playwrights of her dayThe Rover is the most popular of Behns plays, a comedy set in a 17th century Spanish colony during carnival time. Scenes of infidelity, elopement and seduction are juxtaposed with images of elaborate sword play creating a mood of frantic, endless celebration.In The Rover, Behn recreates a male-dominated society but responds with clear-sighted and sympathetic portrayal of the female predicament. The female voice gave the play a distinctiveness in its time and portrays the fine line drawn and doodled around between the brutality of rape and the art of seduction (Michael Coveney, Financial Times).The Rover was revived by the RSC in 1986, directed by John Barton with Jeremy Sams and Imogen Stubbs in the lead roles. This volume contains expert notes on the authors life and work, historical and political background to the play and a glossary of difficult words and phrases.Masterpieces are not single and solitary births- they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common...All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn. (Virginia Woolf on Aphra Behn)