In Lysistrata, women impose a rule of abstention from carnal relations to protest men’s predilection for war. In The Assemblywomen, fed up with the incompetence of male politicians, women take over the city’s parliament, instituting political and sexual reforms. In this online class, we will read and discuss contemporary translations of these two delightfully zany and bawdy plays by 5th century B.C. playwright Aristophanes. Video clips of performances will further add to our enjoyment. By the first class, students should buy or borrow Aristophanes: The Complete Plays, translated by Paul Roche.
Tracy Marks, M.A. is author of four books, translated into nine languages, and has won several poetry and creative writing awards. She is also an experienced counselor. Tracy has taught in continuing ed for 43 years and specializes in literature, creative writing and personal growth courses.