Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Carolyn Sue Strohkirch
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.
Copyright 2006 Erin N. Renard.
Renard, Erin N., "Deconstructing the Vagina Monologues: A Tazonomic Approach to Social Change" (2006). Master's Theses. 2995.