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The 2021 Josephine Roberts Award for a Scholarly Edition (SSEMWG)

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The general editors and project team are delighted to learn that The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Aphra Behn: Plays 1682-1696 has been awarded the 2021 Josephine Roberts Award for a Scholarly Edition by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender (SSEMWG) 

The first volume of eight volumes to be published, it contains the final five plays that Behn wrote. The award reflects the effort and care of the seven editors involved in preparing those texts for a new readership: Rachel Adcock, Kate Aughterson, Claire Bowditch, Elaine Hobby, Alan James Hogarth, Anita Pacheco, and Margarete Rubik.  

The awarding committee praised the volume for providing ‘a welcome focus on [Behn] as a woman and a writer in a specific historical context, and will be useful for both specialists and anyone interested in learning or teaching about women and gender in the early modern world’. 

We’re very grateful to the society for their recognition, and their support for our goal of making Behn’s works increasingly accessible to a wider, diverse readership. 

Aphra Behn gets ‘A Bit Lit’

This week, Elaine Hobby and Claire Bowditch were invited to take part in a video discussion, on the A Bit Lit YouTube channel, to discuss Behn’s writing and the new edition.

In an engaging conversation with Dr Tom Harrison, Elaine and Claire discuss The Rover, some of Behn’s other plays, her prose, and the challenges and joys of editing her work over the last few years. We hope it’ll prove interesting and a useful resource especially for those less familiar with Behn and/or the perils(?) of literary editing.

Here at the Behn project, we’re very grateful to be able to contribute to the ABitLit YouTube channel, which was set up in UK Lockdown 1 in spring 2020 and seeks to provide ‘a platform for research and creativity’. Check out their website for more information, and see their YouTube channel for many other brilliant videos, talks and Q&As.