Putting Women Back on Top?: (Re)constituting Power and Audience in The Vagina Monologues

dc.contributor.authorGellert, Ashley Elizabethen
dc.contributor.committeechairWaggenspack, Beth M.en
dc.contributor.committeememberKuypers, Jim A.en
dc.contributor.committeememberHolloway, Rachel L.en
dc.contributor.departmentCommunication Studiesen
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:36:33Zen
dc.date.adate2011-05-26en
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:36:33Zen
dc.date.issued2011-04-29en
dc.date.rdate2011-05-26en
dc.date.sdate2011-05-12en
dc.description.abstractEve Ensler's goal in writing The Vagina Monologues was to generate a dialogue regarding women's sexuality to counter the silence that pervades the patriarchal culture that they inhabit. To achieve this goal, Ensler constructs two ideologies—one grounded in patriarchy and another supposedly grounded in female agency and dialogue—to reveal the problems within the current ideology in hopes that her audience will adopt her new ideology and resolve the detrimental silence women endure. To evaluate its success, this study utilizes an eclectic approach—comprised of constitutive rhetoric, second persona, third persona, and bell hooks' rhetorical options—to determine if the play's content encourages the dialogue Ensler desires.en
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen
dc.identifier.otheretd-05122011-231610en
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05122011-231610/en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/32677en
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.relation.haspartGellert_AE_T_2011.pdfen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectThe Vagina Monologuesen
dc.subjectbell hooksen
dc.subjectthird personaen
dc.subjectsecond personaen
dc.subjectconstitutive rhetoricen
dc.titlePutting Women Back on Top?: (Re)constituting Power and Audience in The Vagina Monologuesen
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.disciplineCommunication Studiesen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen
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