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Re: Innogen
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0789.  Friday, 7 October 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 5 Oct 94 16:41 BST
        Subj:   RE: SHK 5.0782 Re: Innogen
 
(2)     From:   Thomas G. Bishop <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 5 Oct 1994 11:18:09 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0782  Re: Innogen
 
 
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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Wednesday, 5 Oct 94 16:41 BST
Subject: 5.0782 Re: Innogen
Comment:        RE: SHK 5.0782 Re: Innogen
 
Dear Thomas Hall,
 
The fact that Innogen has no lines certainly does not mean that she does
nothing. The irony of her silent presence on the stage is intense, for instance
in scenes which contain exchanges such as
 
Don Pedro:   ...I think this is your daughter
Leonato:  Her mother hath many times told me so.
 
Ask yourself: what does Innogen (she is the mother directly referred to by
Leonato, her husband, here) do at this moment? All eyes must be on her. For any
competent performer the gestural, kinesic posibilities are considerable --and
this in a play in which one of the central issues is the silence traditionally
urged on married women. Think about it. By the way, I'm by no means the first
to make these observations, nor are others who make them Cultural Materialists,
revolutionaries, or otherwise obviously undesirable. Perhaps you need a better
edition of the play.
 
T. Hawkes
 
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From:           Thomas G. Bishop <
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Date:           Wednesday, 5 Oct 1994 11:18:09 -0400
Subject: 5.0782  Re: Innogen
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0782  Re: Innogen
 
At the risk of stirring a soundly-sleeping dog, I remind SHAKSPER readers that
John Drakakis and I went ten rounds over the question of Innogen's status a
couple of years ago. Whether or not the discussion was exhaustive, it was at
least exhausting, and those interested in the question may trace its ins and
outs in the SHAKSPER archive. I have no idea what the number of the back-volume
would be, though Hardy Cook could perhaps say.
 
Cheers,
Tom Bishop
 
Editor's Note:
 
In response to the above, I sent the following to LISTSERV@UTORONTO.BITNET:
 
//
Database Search DD=Rules
//Rules DD *
Search Innogen in SHAKSPER
Index
//
 
This is what I go back:
 
> Search Innogen in SHAKSPER
--> Database SHAKSPER, 16 hits.
 
> Index
Item #   Date   Time  Recs   Subject
------   ----   ----  ----   -------
000759 92/10/29 08:02   47   SHK 3.0278 Re: Hero's Mother
000764 92/10/29 22:29  100   SHK 3.0280 Rs: Hero's Mother
000765 92/10/30 17:46   89   SHK 3.0285 Re: Hero's Mother
000768 92/10/31 10:18   85   SHK 3.0287 Re: Hero's MotherCURRENT
000770 92/11/01 09:49   36   SHK 3.0289 Qs: ASTR-L; Hero's Mother
000771 92/11/01 20:08   72   SHK 3.0290 Much Ado About . . . (Was Hero's Mother)
000772 92/11/01 20:21   42   SHK 3.0291 Rs: ASTR-L Address; Innogen Pun, Plus a+
000775 92/11/02 14:21  100   SHK 3.0294 More on Hero's Mother
000776 92/11/02 14:25   24   SHK 3.0295 R: Doubling Claudius and Ghost
000781 92/11/03 20:43   86   SHK 3.0300 Hero's Mother Again
000786 92/11/06 17:46   59   SHK 3.0305 Rs to Doubling Issues
002609 94/09/19 12:12   67   SHK 5.0741 Re: Universals; Character; *Ado*
002620 94/09/26 12:34   99   SHK 5.0751 Re: Women and Outsiders: Ado
002628 94/09/28 13:31   58   SHK 5.0759 Re: Innogen
002632 94/10/01 09:57  120   SHK 5.0762 Re: MND Video; Character; Innogen; Habi+
002649 94/10/04 23:25   45   SHK 5.0782 Re: Innogen
 
--Hardy
 

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