Congratulations to Todd Reeser
Congratulations to GSWS Director Todd Reeser, whose book in sexuality studies Setting Plato Straight: Translating Ancient Sexuality in the Renaissance, won the 2017 Gordan book prize from the Renaissance Society of America. The selection committee offered this statement:
In Setting Plato Straight, Reeser offers us a superbly nuanced, game-changing study of the history of sexuality through the lens of Renaissance translations of Plato. Reeser's close readings of a wide range of continental texts are lucid and sophisticated, and his philological work is exemplary throughout. The book does an exceptional job of attending with care and rigor to both sexuality and hermeneutics (as well as to their intersection). The book has broad and significant implications for Renaissance studies. Scholars interested in humanism and humanist reading practices, Renaissance translation and philology, and the use of queer theory as a heuristic for Renaissance texts will all find the book engaging, challenging, useful, and even entertaining. For its combination of technical mastery and boundary breaking conceptual work, the committee enthusiastically awards the Gordan Prize to Setting Plato Straight.