When Prince Oroonokoii½s 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. Oroonokoii½s noble bearing soon wins the respect of his English captors, but his struggle for freedom brings about his destruction. Inspired by Aphra Behnii½s visit to Surinam, Oroonoko (1688) reflects the authorii½s romantic view of Native Americans as simple, superior peoples ii½in the first state of innocence, before men knew how to sinii½. The novel also reveals Behnii½s ambiguous attitude to African slavery ii½ while she favoured it as a means to strengthen Englandii½s power, her powerful and moving work conveys its injustice and brutality.In her introduction, Janet Todd explores the social changes that have influenced Aphra Behna#39;s reputation over the centuries. This edition also contains notes on all the texts.
|Title||:||Oroonoko, the Rover and Other Works|
|Publisher||:||Penguin - 1992|