Giving faithful testimony: theatrical performance, Mormon women's sexuality, and the Vagina Monologues Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
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  • Peterfeso, Jill Marie
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Religious Studies
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  • This thesis rests at the intersection of women's studies, performance studies, and Mormon studies. Using two case studies - a performance of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues at Utah Valley State College and a Sunstone magazine conference session known as The Mormon Vagina Monologues - this thesis explores how Mormon women have used the theatrical medium to explore their sexuality. By staging or scripting their sexual lives within a community of actors or playwrights, and for a public audience, these women give faithful testimony - not about their religious faith, but about their sexual selves. This public testimony has generated, but it also has enabled the women to find healing, foster empowerment, and reconstitute community.
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  • Tweed, Thomas A.
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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