Award Date

1-1-2000

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Committee Member

Evelyn Gajowski

Number of Pages

160

Abstract

Paula Vogel adapts Bertolt Brecht's Verfremdungseffekt, social gestus, historicization and episodic structure in the plays The Baltimore Waltz, And Baby Makes Seven, Hot 'N' Throbbing , and Desdemona: a play about a handkerchief to re-vision constructions of gender, sexuality and feminine desire, to re-define the American theatrical canon, and to create her own gestic, feminist theater. In The Baltimore Waltz, Vogel re-visions the AIDS virus in order to expose and critique stereotypes surrounding AIDS. In And Baby Makes Seven, Vogel engages in a revisionary dialogue with Edward Albee's classic Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in order to question and reinvent the American nuclear family. In Hot 'N' Throbbing, Vogel re-visions the feminist pornography debate in order to examine the destructive effects of domestic violence and pornography on men, women and children. In Desdemona, Vogel revisions Othello in order to give voice to the silenced, feminine voices in Shakespeare's classic.

Keywords

Bodies; Brechtian; Feminist; Paula; Plays; Theory; Visionary; Vogel

Controlled Subject

Theater; American literature; Women's studies

File Format

pdf

File Size

4433.92 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/kv7h-7aty


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