Autobiographical Elements in Behn’s Oroonoko,Shelley’s Frankenstein and Woolf’s Orlando

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Çapar İleri S.

Journal of Narrative and Language Studies, vol.7, no.12, pp.91-97, 2019 (International Refereed University Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 7 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Title of Journal : Journal of Narrative and Language Studies
  • Page Numbers: pp.91-97


Biographies are classified as diverse kinds of the genre that is combined with various elements. Aphra Behns Oroonoko, Mary Shelleys Frankenstein and Virginia Woolfs Orlando Aphra Behn becomes the first professional woman writer, Mary Shelley is considered to be the foremother of science fiction and gothic genre, finally pioneer feminist writer Virginia Woolf created a fictional, gender-bending biography that paid tribute to the British literature. These three significant women writers have become pioneers throughout three centuries. This article reviews the autobiographical elements in Behns Oroonoko (1688), Shelleys Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818) and Woolfs Orlando (1928) considering the sociocultural backgrounds of each period in Britain as well as regarding the authors’ contributions to the British literary canon.

Keywords: Aphra Behn, Mary Shelley, Virginia Woolf, women writers, autobiography