Master's Theses

Department

Communication Studies

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Abstract

This study deconstructs Eve Ensler's Obie award winning 1996 play, The Vagina Monologues using theatrical genres as a means of comparative analysis. Genres studied: Social, Popular and Feminist Theatre, were chosen for their similarity with the play’s theme of theatre for social change. Typologies were constructed in an effort to conceptualize genres, their sub-genres and their descriptors. Using these typologies, a comparative analysis was made of The Vagina Monologues, utilizing published interviews with the author, critiques of the play, V-Day Campaign, televised performance of and excerpts of the script. My results revealed the genre, Social Theater, as containing the most shared descriptors to The Vagina Monologues. However, a number of descriptors from other studied genres (Popular and Feminist Theatre) were also applicable.

Advisor

Carolyn Sue Strohkirch

Date of Award

Summer 2006

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access

Rights

© 2006 Erin N. Renard.

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