Renaissance Society of America Awards Gordan Prize to Todd Reeser

We are delighted to announce that our colleague Todd Reeser is the recipient of Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Book Prize for Setting Plato Straight. This is the first time the award, the most prestigious book prize in the field of Renaissance Studies, has been given to a study of French literature. The Gordan Book Award Committee's citation for the award notes that “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.”