“Memorialls for Mrs Affora”: Aphra Behn and the Restoration Intelligence World

This article explores the culture and conventions of restoration espionage, and Behn’s role within it. It seeks to position Behn’s role and correspondence in relation to both the practices of her male and female contemporaries, and the textual aesthetics that characterized correspondence related to espionage—both overt and clandestine—in the latter half of the seventeenth century. This article argues that knowledge of the networks and subtleties that sustained espionage activity during the Restoration complicates that view. Its observations about the textual strategies deployed by Behn and other spies in espionage materials also prompt further thinking about her use elsewhere of the letter form and character development.

Asset Type:Publications
Collection:Foreign Publications
Subject:Women, Men, Espionage, Intelligence world, Restoration
Author:Alan Marshall
Publication Date:December 2014

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