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Re: Innogen
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1912  Tuesday, 9 November 1999.

[1]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Friday, 05 Nov 1999 07:10:56 -0800
        Subj:   RE: SHK 10.1883 Re: Productions of Much Ado

[2]     From:   Steve Urkowitz <
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        Date:   Sat, 6 Nov 1999 20:25:00 EST
        Subj:   RE: SHK 10.1883 Re: Productions of Much Ado

[3]     From:   John Drakakis <
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        Date:   Sun, 7 Nov 1999 22:10:43 -0000
        Subj:   RE: SHK 10.1900 Re: Productions of Much Ado


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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Friday, 05 Nov 1999 07:10:56 -0800
Subject: 10.1896 RE: SHK 10.1883 Re: Productions of Much Ado
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1896 RE: SHK 10.1883 Re: Productions of Much Ado

John Drakakis writes:

>I'm a little surprised by Paul Swanson's comment that Innogen "may or
>may not be a character" in Much Ado.  I draw his attention to the simple
>fact that in Q1 (1600) her name appears twice in the head titles of two
>early scenes.  She's there all right.  The question is: what is she doing
>there?

Being in a couple of head titles does not a 'character' make, at least
not in the usual meaning of the word.  In fact, not having any lines
tends to dissolve her 'there-ness' altogether.  Is there any reason to
suspect that she was put on stage in order to say nothing at all,
instead of just being a bibliographical ghost, summoned by a stubborn
refusal not to ignore a couple of erroneous head titles?

One obvious explanation, in my humble opinion, is that Innogen was in an
earlier version of the play, one based more solidly on a Claudio-Hero
axis.  Removing her would transfer the role of Hero's comforter more
solidly to Beatrice, making for one strong female character, instead of
two more or less forgettable ones.  As long as we're indulging in idle
speculation on why she isn't there, we might as well be charitable.

Cheers,
Se

 

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