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Aphra Behn: a perfect example of why we need to have more statues – of women

By Claudine van Hensbergen, Associate Professor, Eighteenth-Century English Literature, Northumbria University, Newcastle
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Much public debate has centred on what to do with many of our statues: take them down, move them to a museum, leave them be. In a recent article, Guardian journalist Gary Younge went so far as to argue the case for removing every public statue of a historical figure.

I can empathise with his argument, but I don’t think this is the solution to our current reckoning with monuments. In Europe we’ve been raising (and taking down) statues…


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