Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 962. Tuesday, 21 December 1993.
Date: Tuesday, 21 Dec 93 15:05 BST
Subject: 4.0955 Re: Shakespearean Daughters
Comment: RE: SHK 4.0955 Re: Shakespearean Daughters
Dear Helen Ostovich,
>>I always assumed old Nedar was the father. Why not? It seems to me that
unless a character refers to someone as a widow's daughter (like Diana in AWW)
then the assumption is always that the parent is a male.<<
Good point, but it's still -as you say- an assumption isn't it? And when a
play is as concerned as MND is to probe the assumptions of a newly triumphant
patriarchy (as opposd to those of a recently defeated matriarchy) is it as
safe as you think it is?