Silent Women and Shrews: Eroticism and Convention in Epicoene and Measure for Measure
In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:
In Jonson's Epicoene, the silent ''woman" attracts Morose through "her'' reticence to speak; but once this couple undergo the false marriage ceremony, her silence metamorphoses into verbal pyrotechniques that rival those of Mistress 'Otter whose aggressive speech sets the measure of what a theatrical shrew should be. Jonson's play exploits the comic potential of the conventional shrew as this improvised female joins forces with the newly organized Collegiates, described by True-wit as women who "crie downe, or vp, what they like, or dislike in a braille, or a fashion, with most masculine, or rather hermaphroditicall authoritie" (I.i.78-80).1
Lyons, Charles R.
"Silent Women and Shrews: Eroticism and Convention in Epicoene and Measure for Measure,"
Comparative Drama: Vol. 23
, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/compdr/vol23/iss2/2