Aphra Behn: Restoration Spy, Poet, Dramatist, Novelist, Abolitionist

Aphra Behn

Patricia Lundberg, Emerita Professor of English and Women's Studies, Indiana University Northwest; Executive Director, Humanities West

Aphra Behn was the earliest known British woman to have earned her living as a writer. Born in 1640, she traversed the rowdy literary and political landscape of the Restoration era in England and dedicated her life to pleasure and poetry, as well as a bit of intelligence work for the government. She wrote plays, novels and poems in the same bawdy vein as her male peers, using her spy moniker, Astrea. Nearly 300 years later, Virginia Woolf credited Behn with earning women the right to speak their minds. Lundberg will discuss the literary works and personality that made this writer at once famous and infamous.

MLF: Humanities
Location: SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. program
Cost: $20 standard, $8 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Program Organizer: George Hammond
Also know:  In association with Humanities West