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Subject/Keyword
war
Lysistrata
Iraq war
democracy
gender
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Severini, Giorgia
Supervisor and department
Hawkins, John A. (Drama)
Examining committee member and department
Stewart, Selina (History and Classics)
Kerr, Rosalind (Drama)
Department
Department of Drama
Specialization

Date accepted
2010-01-15T16:18:04Z
Graduation date
2010-06
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
In 2003, Lysistrata was chosen for the Lysistrata Project, a global theatrical protest against the United States’ planned invasion of Iraq. This thesis examines Lysistrata in its original context of the Peloponnesian War, then moves on to the Lysistrata Project in the context of American democracy and modern Greece. While Lysistrata was originally used by Aristophanes to express his individual opinion about the precarious situation in Athens in the final years of the Peloponnesian War, the Lysistrata Project allowed a diverse group of individuals to use the play to express their individual opinions about an impending war in an environment where individual political expression was threatened. This thesis considers how the Lysistrata Project’s open and inclusive theatrical form allowed the play Lysistrata to be extrapolated beyond its original context as the opinion of one playwright, allowing Lysistrata to have significance in an age of globalization.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3Z118
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License granted by Giorgia Severini (severini@ualberta.ca) on 2010-01-13T04:52:47Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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