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

  title={"Past Remembrance or History": Aphra Behn's The Widdow Ranter, or, How the Collective Lost Its Honor},
  author={M. Mowry},
  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). 
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