The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1946 Thursday, 11 November 1999.
Date: Wednesday, 10 Nov 1999 11:37:57 -0500
Subject: 10.1935 Re: Innogen
Comment: Re: SHK 10.1935 Re: Innogen
I like Michael Friedman's ideas about experimenting with "Innogen's"
muteness and its effect on drawing our attention to the silence and
silencing of women in the play-not only Hero and Beatrice, but also
Margaret's failure to come forth, which students often question. It's
important to note, however, that this approach involves writing
"Innogen" IN to a number of scenes, esp the Big Wedding scene. It
doesn't really solve the puzzle of "her" appearance in only those two
early headnotes. If a production follows those notations strictly as
simple facts, the audience will spend the rest of the play puzzled not
by her silence, but by her total absence.