TLT (The Lesbian Talkshow)

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project: Episode 7 - Aphra Behn

February 25, 2017

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project 

Episode 7 - Aphra Behn 

This episode is about the 17th century novelist, playwright, and spy Aphra Behn. 

In this episode we talk about 

  • Behn’s careers in espionage and literature 
  • Her bisexuality and some of the complexities of how desire between women was portrayed in the 17th century 
  • Poem: VERSES design'd by Mrs. A. Behn, to be sent to a fair Lady, that desir'd she would absent  her∣self, to cure her Love. Left unfinish'd 
  • Poem: The Dream 
  • Poem: To the Fair Clarinda Who made love to me, Imagin'd more than woman 
  • Dedicatory text to Hortense Mancini, Duchesse Mazarine 


More info

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project lives at this website

This topic is discussed in one or more entries of the Lesbian Historic Motif Project here

There is an extensive and detailed biography of Aphra Behn that I haven’t yet included in the LHMP: Todd, Janet.  1996.  Secret Life of Aphra Behn.  Rutgers Univ Press, New Brunswick.  ISBN  0-8135-2455-5

If you’d like to read some historical fiction that includes an entirely imagined meeting between Aphra and Hortense Mancini, you can find it here

If you have questions or comments about the LHMP or these podcasts, send them to Heather Rose Jones via Email

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