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ATTRIBUTION PROBLEMS IN THE FICTION OF APHRA BEHN

Leah Orr
The Modern Language Review
Vol. 108, No. 1 (January 2013), pp. 30-51
DOI: 10.5699/modelangrevi.108.1.0030
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5699/modelangrevi.108.1.0030
Page Count: 22
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ATTRIBUTION PROBLEMS IN THE FICTION OF APHRA BEHN
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Abstract

Aphra Behn is considered a key author in ‘the rise of the novel’, and the latest standard edition of her work reinforces this reputation. However, some of Behn's fiction is attributed to her on evidence that is less than trustworthy. This article considers the evidence for attributing to Behn the posthumous short fictions and the anonymous Love-Letters between a Nobleman and his Sister, and argues that we cannot accept these attributions as certain. It asks how critics should treat the uncertainly attributed works, and what new directions Behn studies might take in the light of these attribution problems.

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