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Lady Parts: Biblical Women and The Vagina Monologues
Blanchard, Kathryn D. and Jane S. Webster, editors

Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2012 pp. xii + 136. $18.00


Description: How might women in the Bible tell their stories if they were prompted to do so by Eve Ensler's controversial play, The Vagina Monologues? This collection imagines some answers to that question. The monologues herein are written by a variety of authors, including scholars, undergraduates, clergy, and laywomen; the content of the narratives reflects this variety, being at times faithful or irreverent, tragic or even funny. All seek to give twenty-first-century voices to women in canonical texts—including the Hebrew Bible, Deuterocanonical books, and New Testament—who are often speechless, nameless, or otherwise marginalized. Not for the faint of heart, these monologues not only end the silences but also add flesh and bone to characters whose experiences have too easily been justified, metaphorized, or altogether ignored. By naming the torn places in these women's stories, this volume invites readers to encounter both the biblical characters and their contemporary interpreters with an attitude of compassionate listening. Our hope is that such compassionate listening may contribute not only to more just readings of sacred texts, but also to the mission of Eve Ensler and V-Day to end global violence against women and girls.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Other Methods

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Review by Janet Everhart
Published 7/5/2015
Citation: Janet Everhart, review of Kathryn D. Blanchard and Jane S. Webster, eds., Lady Parts: Biblical Women and The Vagina Monologues, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


Review by Jennifer L. Koosed
Published 7/14/2016
Citation: Jennifer L. Koosed, review of Kathryn D. Blanchard and Jane S. Webster, eds., Lady Parts: Biblical Women and The Vagina Monologues, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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