Oroenoko, of De koninklijke slaaf Aphra Behn


Published: 1983


229 pages


Oroenoko, of De koninklijke slaaf  by  Aphra Behn

Oroenoko, of De koninklijke slaaf by Aphra Behn
1983 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 229 pages | ISBN: | 6.25 Mb

When Prince Oroonokos passion for the virtuous Imoinda arouses the jealousy of his grandfather, the lovers are cast into slavery and transported from Africa to the colony of Surinam. Oroonokos noble bearing soon wins the respect of his English captors, but his struggle for freedom brings about his destruction. Inspired by Aphra Behns visit to Surinam, Oroonoko reflects the authors romantic view of native peoples as in the first state of innocence, before man knew how to sin.

The novel also reveals Behns ambiguous attitude to African slavery - while she favoured it as a means to strengthen Englands rule, her powerful and moving work conveys its injustice and brutality. This new edition of Oroonoko is based on the first printed version of 1688, and includes a chronology, further reading and notes. In her introduction, Janet Todd examines Aphra Behns views of slavery, colonization and politics, and her position as a professional woman writer in Restoration.

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