to Dennis, not simply be "pleased," but would learn how and how not to act upon returning from their travels in France and Italy.
Modern critics, while not ignoring the fop's satirical implications, have also begun to examine the gender roles, sexual power relationships, and homosocial character groupings of these plays; such readings, obviously, must include discussions of the fop's effeminacy and innocuous ineffectiveness in comparison to the other characters. Critics, sexual historians, and philosophers have tracked the developing tendency in the eighteenth century to label homosexual men as a deviant species, entirely separate from heterosexual men. Such a historical perspective may change our readings of some of the later fops. Perhaps due to the burgeoning popularity of gay-lesbian theory (queer studies), the fop will continue to be read and reread from new perspectives, particularly since the character surfaces in contemporary popular culture consistently as a homosexual man.
Behn Aphra. The City Heiress. In vol. 2 of The Plays, Histories, and Novels of the Ingenious Mrs. Aphra Behn. 6 vols. London: John Pearson, 1871. 169-263.
-----. The Town Fop. In vol. 3 of The Plays, Histories, and Novels of the Ingenious Mrs. Aphra Behn. 6 vols. London: John Pearson, 1871. 3-87.
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Publication information: Book title: Fools and Jesters in Literature, Art, and History:A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook. Contributors: Vicki K. Janik - Editor, Emmanuel S. Nelson - Editor. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1998. Page number: 212.
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