Aphra Behn's Emperor of the Moon and its French Source Arlequin, Empereur dans la lune

Edited by Judy A. Hayden and Daniel J. Worden

Critical Texts 67

Modern Humanities Research Association

31 May 2019  •  176pp

ISBN: 978-1-781888-85-8 (paperback)  •  RRP £12.99, $17.99, €14.99

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Aphra Behn’s spectacular farce, Emperor of the Moon (1687), so engaged audiences that it was restaged well into the eighteenth century. Her play was largely adapted from Anne Mauduit de Fatouville’s Arlequin, Empereur dans la lune (1684), a commedia dell’arte production by the Comédie-Italienne troupe, a performance which also proved immensely popular with Parisian audiences. Within its witty and amusing three acts, Behn’s play explores a number of contemporary concerns—from commedia dell’arte, to gender and politics, to science and astronomy, including a plurality of worlds, for example—all culminating in the third act’s operatic spectacle.

This volume offers a transcription of Behn’s 1687 play with extensive annotations, a critical discussion of Behn’s text, and the first English translation of Fatouville’s eight French and Italian scenes.

Contents:

vii-vii
Acknowledgments
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viii-viii
Permissions
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1-18
Introduction
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19-44
The Emperor of the Moon: A Critical Discussion
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45-114
The Emperor of the Moon
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115-145
Arlequin, Empereur dans la lune
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146-156
Appendix A: Biography of Aphra Behn
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157-159
Appendix B: Biography of Anne Mauduit De Fatouville
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160-166
Bibliography
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Hayden, Judy A., and Daniel J. Worden (eds), Aphra Behn's Emperor of the Moon and its French Source Arlequin, Empereur dans la lune, Critical Texts, 67 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2019)

First footnote reference: 35 Aphra Behn's Emperor of the Moon and its French Source Arlequin, Empereur dans la lune, ed. by Judy A. Hayden and Daniel J. Worden, Critical Texts, 67 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2019), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Hayden and Worden, p. 47.

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Hayden, Judy A., and Daniel J. Worden (eds). 2019. Aphra Behn's Emperor of the Moon and its French Source Arlequin, Empereur dans la lune, Critical Texts, 67 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Hayden and Worden 2019: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Hayden and Worden 2019: 21.

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