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Class of 2024
Performance and Communication Arts
Estudios Hisp√°nicos
Aja Samuel is from Schenectady, NY. She is a senior at St. Lawrence University majoring in Performance Communication Arts and Spanish.
Summer 2023

My summer research project aimed to analyze the enduring impact of Eve Ensler's 1996 play, 'The Vagina Monologues,' across four distinct eras: the Early Era (1996-2004), Middle Era (2004-2015), Pre-Covid Era (2015-2020), and Post-Covid Era (2020-2023). By delving into the popular discourse surrounding the play during each period, I sought to trace its historical trajectory and identify shifts in societal perceptions. This project served as a platform for honing my skills in historical research. By considering the broader cultural and social context within each era, I aimed to gain insights into how 'The Vagina Monologues' was received and its impact on society. Beyond tracking the play's reception, my research also sought to uncover aspects of the human experience that the original play may have omitted.Ultimately, my research project blended various disciplines, potentially bridging theater studies, gender studies, and cultural studies, and aimed to provide a balanced and insightful analysis of the play's historical journey and its broader societal implications.