Virginia Woolf once said, “All women together, ought to let flowers fall upon the grave of Aphra Behn… for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds.” Restoration humorist, Earl of Rochester enthusiast, and noted lady lover, Aphra Behn was one of the first professional female playwrights in England. Despite being quite popular during her lifetime – the age of the libertine, when her sexually charged, even bawdy humor was applauded – her works collected dust for about a century after being deemed indecent. It wasn't until 20th century scholars "rediscovered" her as an important literary figure that her work enjoyed a resurgence in cultural studies circles for its analysis of women's sexual desires and deconstruction of... More >>>