Textual Deviance: Eve Ensler's <i>The Vagina Monologues</i> and Catholic Campuses

Heather Hathaway, Gregory J. O'Meara S.J. and Stephanie Quade

in Jesuit and Feminist Education

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780823233311
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241743 | DOI:
Textual Deviance: Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues and Catholic Campuses

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This chapter discusses reasons for staging Eve Ensler's controversial play, The Vagina Monologues, which some colleges and universities have chosen not to present, largely as a result of the Cardinal Newman Society's negative reactions to it. Investigating the reasons the play has become a cause célèbre, arousing heated debate on Catholic campuses among feminists, students, and administrators, they refute the programmatic, theological, and aesthetic grounds that have been adduced to keep the play from being produced. It is argued that an open-minded encounter with the issues the play raises can engage students in discussion about values—such as the dignity of human beings, violence against the oppressed, and solidarity with the poor and vulnerable—that are at the heart of Jesuit and feminist education.

Keywords: plays; dignity; oppression; solidarity; poor; Jesuit education; feminist education

Chapter.  11685 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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