Aphra Behn’s ‘Blind Lady’: Reading Impairment/Impairing Reading
This essay argues that Aphra Behn, writing during the Restoration, was able to combine an understanding of the impaired body as a lived experience, with a political metaphor: Varronian satire. The combination, the essay argues, set off Behn’s career as a playwright in her attack on the Whig Robert Howard’s play The Blind Lady, in a satire The Unfortunate Bride: or, the Blind Lady a Beauty that was not published until after Howard’s death in 1698, which has skewed the chronology of her writing and our understanding of Behn’s career in the theatre.
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