About the event

Why is female-female eros persistently imagined as Neoplatonic? Insofar as the term for the female-female couple appears but once in the whole of extant classical Greek texts—in Plato’s Symposium—humanists have ascribed meaning to the morphology of “women who love women” with great latitude. But women are largely absent from Plato and the Platonic tradition. Join Todd Reeser as he explores one of the few Neoplatonic representations of female-female eros in the Renaissance period, a curious series of poems by French male poets written in the voice of a woman in love with another woman, which can be philologically linked to the Platonic term.