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Dido's DaughtersLiteracy, Gender, and Empire in Early Modern England and France$
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Margaret W. Ferguson

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226243115

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226243184.001.0001

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Allegories of Imperial Subjection

Allegories of Imperial Subjection

Literacy as Equivocation in Elizabeth Cary's Tragedy of Mariam

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(p.265) 6 Allegories of Imperial Subjection
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Dido's Daughters
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226243184.003.0008

This chapter examines the depiction of literacy as a form of colonization in Aphra Behn's Widdow Ranter and Oroonoko. It compares Behn's reflections on empires and on literacy in imperial context with those of Elizabeth Cary and suggests that Behn's vision of England as an imperial nation was critically colored by her experience as a woman writer who had worked in the theater. This chapter highlights Behn's focused on imagine new worlds in her later works.

Keywords:   Aphra Behn, Widdow Ranter, Oroonoko, literacy, colonization, empires, Elizabeth Cary, imperial nation, new worlds

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