"Past Remembrance or History": Aphra Behn's The Widdow Ranter, or, How the Collective Lost Its Honor

@article{Mowry2012PastRO,
  title={"Past Remembrance or History": Aphra Behn's The Widdow Ranter, or, How the Collective Lost Its Honor},
  author={M. Mowry},
  journal={ELH},
  year={2012},
  volume={79},
  pages={597 - 621}
}
Aphra Behn's play The Widdow Ranter's literary and cultural significance extends far beyond the analytical categories of race and empire through which it is ordinarily interpreted. At its heart, The Widdow Ranter is among the most formidable rebuttals generated during the 1680s to what I describe here as the hermeneutics of collectivity that had arisen during the civil wars (1642-1645/48) and that continued to vex royalists and other conservatives during the late Stuart period (1660-1714). 
Aphra Behn’s The Widow Ranter: Theatrical Heroics in a Strange New World
Aphra Behn’s TheWidow Ranter (written 1687 or 1688) reacts to the crisis surrounding James II and the demise of the Stuart dynasty which Behn had supported during her entire writing career. In herExpand
Irreconcilable Differences: Royalism, Personal Politics and History in Aphra Behn's The Roundheads
ABSTRACT Janet Todd has offered scholars a new way of thinking about and doing literary history with an openness to speculation and supposition. This essay builds on Todd's methodology to reveal thatExpand
Festive Comedy in The Widdow Ranter: Behn’s Clowns and Falstaff
A study of the play that foregrounds the role of its much-maligned clowns. It argues that the play's numerous references to Falstaff work to establish a close relationship between Behn's low-classExpand
The Purposes of Playing on the Post Civil War Stage: The Politics of Affection in William Davenant’s Dramatic Theory
Abstract This article situates William Davenant’s writings on dramatic poetry from the 1650s within the context of political debates about the role of the passions in effecting political action. HisExpand

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 12 REFERENCES
The Widow Ranter and Royalist Culture in Colonial Virginia
‘‘None but those of themeanest quality and curruptest lives go [to Virginia],’’ wroteWilliam Berkeley, governor of the colony, in 1663.When even Virginia’s governor, a man concerned with promotingExpand
The Cambridge companion to Aphra Behn
Chronology Mary Ann O'Donnell 1. Aphra Behn: the documentary record Mary Ann O'Donnell 2. Behn, women and society Susan Staves 3. Aphra Behn and the Restoration theatre Derek Hughes 4. The politicalExpand
The Bawdy Politic in Stuart England, 1660–1714: Political Pornography and Prostitution
Contents: Preface The Bawdy politic: Restoration political pornography and the common law The specter of corporate identity and 1668 Monstrous mothers: property and the common law Jades at Livery andExpand
Theatre and Power in Bacon's Rebellion: Virginia, 1676–77
On 22 April 1677 Charles II's commissioners, Sir John Berry, Colonel Herbert Jeffreys and Francis Moryson, visited the colony's governor, Sir William Berkeley, and his wife, Frances, at Green SpringExpand
The First Modern Society: Essays in English History in Honour of Lawrence Stone
List of illustrations List of tables Notes on contributors Preface Prologue: Lawrence Stone - as seen by others 1. The myth and the man Julian Mitchell 2. The enfant terrible? C. S. L. Davies 3. 'IlExpand
The Politics of Religion in Restoration England
List of Abbreviations Notes on Contributors Preface 1. Introduction: Revising the Restoration: Tim Harris (Assistant Professor of History, Brown University, USA) 2. `Virtue, Religion and Government':Expand
The Putney debates of 1647 : the army, the Levellers, and the English state
1. Introduction Michael Mendle Part I. The Putney Debates: The Artefact: 2. The survival of the manuscript Lesley Le Claire 3. Reading and writing the text of the Putney debates Frances HendersonExpand
Political Theology: Four Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty
Written in the intense political and intellectual ferment of the early years of the Weimar Republic, "Political Theology" develops the distinctive theory of sovereignty that marks Carl Schmitt as oneExpand
Women, 'Race' and Writing in the Early Modern Period
  • 1993
...
1
2
...