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date: 03 June 2020

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This chapter presents a case study of the Lysistrata Project (2003), a U.S.-based, worldwide protest action against the war in Iraq. Dorota Dutsch draws attention to the Project organizers’ professed lack of interest in the original context of the play and the plurality of multicultural responses that the project elicited and continues to elicit, and ask how students of classical reception might approach such intentionally presentist and infinitely diverse uses of the classical tradition. Parallels are drawn between the Lysistrata Project and the protests against the Vietnam War, and employing Deleuze and Guattari’s horizontal versus vertical models of thought, Dutsch envisions the shift of focus necessary to consider political discourse as a mode of reception.

Keywords: Lysistrata, anti-war protests, Deleuze, Guattari, war, Vietnam, Iraq

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