Date of Completion

Spring 5-6-2012

Thesis Advisor(s)

Gina Barreca; Roger Travis; William Snyder; Jonathan Hufstader


Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Classical Literature and Philology | Comparative Literature | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | History


"Women and War: Power Play from Lysistrata to the Present" is a three-fold project intent on analyzing the role of women in war and comedy. The intentions are: demonstrating how Aristophanes’ famed comedy, Lysistrata, was a subversive text for its time, as it presented a challenge to men’s authority that otherwise remained unchallenged, creating a modernized retelling of Lysistrata, which she holds would still be a subversive text, because men still have nearly absolute authority in war, and finally, analyzing the comedic nature of Lysistrata in a modern text; namely, why women’s choices constitute a comedy, and the comedic potential of a modernized version of Lysistrata.