Carnival time in The Rover is a period when prohibitions are temporarily removed, privileges and rank suspended, and women - from convent girls to courtesans - take the initiative. Featuring multiple plot lines, which deal with the adventures of a group of love-struck Englishmen in Naples, Aphra Behn's play explores issues of love, trickery and deception, forced marriage, male power, fidelity, and the excesses of sexual passion. Hers is a male-dominated society, but one with a clear-sighted portrayal of the female predicament. The play is widely taught on A Level courses as well as on undergraduate literature and women's writing courses. This new edition contains a completely new introduction, and takes into account important criticism from the past decade, as well as a new understanding of the nature of theatre in Behn's time, and the significance of her contribution to English drama.
About the Author
The editor, Robyn Bolam, is Professor of literature at St Mary's University College, London.
- Contributor: Robyn Bolam
- Imprint: Methuen Drama
- ISBN13: 9781408152119
- Number of Pages: 176
- Packaged Dimensions: 129x198x11mm
- Packaged Weight: 152
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Release Date: 2012-10-11
- Series: New Mermaids
- Binding: Paperback / softback
- Biography: The editor, Robyn Bolam, is Professor of literature at St Mary's University College, London.
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