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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Masculinities, Gender and Sport Seminar Series: Affect Theory and Masculinity Studies: Affect Theory and Masculinity Studies

8th June 2018, 17:30 to 18:30, Seminar Room 1, Department of History, 43 North Bailey, Professor Todd Reeser (University of Pittsburgh)

Todd Reeser is Professor of French and Program Director of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. In Setting Plato Straight, Professor Reeser undertakes the first sustained and comprehensive study of Renaissance textual responses to Platonic same-sex sexuality. Reeser mines an expansive collection of translations, commentaries, and literary sources to study how Renaissance translators transformed ancient eros into non-erotic, non-homosexual relations. He analyzes the interpretive lenses translators employed and the ways in which they read and reread Plato’s texts. In spite of this cleansing, Reeser finds surviving traces of Platonic same-sex sexuality that imply a complicated, recurring process of course-correction—of setting Plato straight.

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