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Author: Julia H. Fawcett

Title: Unmapping London

Subtitle: Urbanization and the Performance of Personal Space in Aphra Behn’s The Lucky Chance

Journal: Eighteenth-Century Studies

Volume: 50

Issue: 2

Year: Winter 2017

Pages: 155-171

ISSN: 0013-2586 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1086-315X – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 17th Century | European History: English History | Representations: Literary Texts / Aphra Behn


Link: Project MUSE (Restricted Access)


Author: Julia H. Fawcett, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, University of California at Berkeley – Author's Personal Website

Abstract: »This essay asks how women performed the boundaries of their personal space in a rapidly growing London by examining two related artifacts: descriptions of Restoration rape trials and the script, stage directions, and extant performance history of Aphra Behn’s final London city comedy, The Lucky Chance (1686). It argues that the Restoration theater taught Londoners to perform and interpret the boundaries of personal space and advocates examining personal space through performance studies as a way to complicate the dichotomy between public and private space that has long structured eighteenth-century studies.« (Source: Eighteenth-Century Studies)


  The Changing Cityscape and the Significance of Personal Space (p. 158)
  Performances of Personal Space on the Restoration Stage (p. 161)
  Lady Julia Fullbank's Ambiguous Performances of Consent (p. 163)
  "Do You Consent?": Julia's Final Act in The Lucky Chance (p. 166)
  Notes (p. 168)

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of England / Stuart period | Literature: English literature / Restoration literature | 17th-century English writers: Aphra Behn