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Aphra Behn published Oroonoko in , a time when the Atlantic slave trade and African slavery in the Americas were becoming consolidated as a transnational, economic system. The novel draws on popular forms of literature such as the aristocratic romance, the . Oroonoko was a ground-breaking prose fiction piece published by Aphra Behn at the end of her career. It achieved remarkable public success and is to this day one of Behn’s best-known works. Oroonoko: or, the Royal Slave is a short work of prose fiction by Aphra Behn (–), published in by William Canning and reissued with two other fictions later that year. It Author: Aphra Behn (–). The narration of Aphra Behns Oroonoko, or the African Prince is well grounded to the slave trade in late , and she uses the eye witness account to narrate the plight of African slaves in America, supporting her story with the second person narration.
It is believed, on good authority, that Mrs. Behn collected the ‘facts’ and the local colour, which is inaccurate in some points, for her novel Oroonokofrom books and acquaintances in London. In she married a merchant of Dutch extraction who died two years afterwards, presumably in the Plague. The narrator is a female Englishwoman, and possibly the direct voice of the author, Aphra Behn, who lived in Suriname for a while and may have had similar experiences to the narrator. Almost the whole of Oroonoko is told in the narrator’s voice and from her perspective. For the most part, the narrator is open-minded (for her time) and not entirely bigoted in her opinions of the native. Aphra Behn's Oroonoko (), an intensely stirring work, has captivated scholars of Restoration English literature in the last two decades with its . Anti-colonization and dehumanization in Oroonoko In Oroonoko, Aphra Behn sheds light on the horrors of slavery and expansionism that Britain was conducting while assembling its overseas empire. Behn paints the majority of the white colonists as unmitigated illustrations of greed, dishonesty, and brutality.
Once merely a footnote in Restoration and eighteenth-century studies and rarely taught, Oroonoko; or, The Royal Slave (), by Aphra Behn, is now essential reading for scholars and a classroom favorite. It appears in general surveys and in courses on early modern British writers, postcolonial literature, American literature, women's literature, drama, the slave narrative, and autobiography. The plot of Oroonoko is almost entirely driven by betrayal, a theme with close ties to what Aphra Behn saw happening within the shifting political climate in 17th-century England. Around the time that Oroonoko was published, England’s Queen Mary and her Dutch husband, William III, replaced Mary’s father, King James II. Oroonoko is anti-slavery novel in which Mrs. Behn sets an axample to be followed by other women novelists to write in a new field and to fight against strongly built unjust politico-socio-economic institution. Aphra Johnson Behn (), known as Aphra or Afra Behn,3 was an English woman writer from the Restora-tion period (). In her book Oroonoko, author Aphra Behn physically distinguishes her titular hero from his fellow countrymen in a way that subtly foreshadows and establishes the ambivalence toward racial differences that is to be felt throughout the story.