Thomas Southerne Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Jordan, Robert and Love, Harold, eds. The Works of Thomas Southerne, 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988.

Collection of Southerne's works that includes a biography of the dramatist as well as introductory notes to his plays.


Drougge, Helga. “‘We'll learn that of the Men’: Female Sexuality in Southerne's Comedies.” Studies in English Literature 33 (summer 1993): 545-63.

Expores themes of female sexuality in three of Southerne's plays: Sir Anthony Love, The Wives' Excuse, and The Maid's Last Prayer.

Kaul, Suvir. “Reading Literary Symptoms: Colonial Pathologies and the Oroonoko Fictions of Behn, Southerne, and Hawkesworth.” Eighteenth-Century Life 18 (November 1994): 80-96.

Compares thematic variations in Aphra Behn's, John Hawkesworth's, and Southerne's versions of the story of Oroonoko.

Jordan, Robert. “Thomas Southerne, Agent.” Notes and Queries 26, no. 1 (February 1979): 14-21.

Details Southerne's little-known career as a regimental agent, a position Southerne probably used illegally to enhance his own personal fortune.

MacDonald, Joyce Green. “Race, Woman, and the Sentimental in Thomas Southerne's Oroonoko.Criticism XL, no. 4 (fall 1998): 555-70.

Examines issues of race and gender in Oroonoko.

Rosenthal, Laura J. “Owning Oroonoko: Behn, Southerne, and the Contingencies of Property.” Renaissance Drama 23 (1992): 25-38.

Comparative analysis of Aphra Behn's novel Oroonoko and Southerne's dramatic adaptation.

Thornton, Ralph R. Introduction to The Wives Excuse: or, Cuckolds Make Themselves, by Thomas Southerne, pp. 1-37. Wynnewood, Penn.: Livingston Publishing Company, 1973.

Provides comprehensive information on the plot, staging, sources, and critical reception of The Wives' Excuse.

Additional coverage of Thomas Southerne's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 39; Literature Resource Center; Reference Guide to English Literature, ed. 2.