Huntington U: Aphra Behn: Playwright, Poet, Novelist, Spy
9:30 a.m.–11 a.m.
Huntington U is a college-style seminar with no homework or tests. This year the series goes virtual as Elaine Hobby, professor of 17th-Century Studies at Loughborough University leads participants on a six-week course focused on the female playwright, poet, novelist, and spy Aphra Behn. A highly successful commercial playwright in the 17th-century London theater, Behn was able to offer a woman’s perspective on her world while still attracting large audiences. Her best-known novel, Oroonoko, tells the story of a slave uprising in Suriname. Her play The Rover continued to be performed every year until the mid-18th century, and since the 1980s has become a frequent choice of theater companies in the United Kingdom and beyond. This seminar guides participants in an exploration of the breadth and depth of Behn’s achievements and draws attention to her legacy in The Huntington’s collections.
The event will be held online via Zoom at 9:30 a.m. (PDT) on April 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, and June 3. Zoom link and suggested reading materials will be sent to attendees in registration confirmation email. Registration includes all six days of the series. Please check your junk or spam folders if you do not receive a confirmation email upon registration.