Abstract

This essay considers commentaries on and translations of Plato's Symposium (by Marsilio Ficino, the Henri Estienne-Jean de Serres team, and, preeminently, Louis Le Roy) as well as an influential Neoplatonic passage from Baldassar Castiglione's Il Cortegiano to explore some of the implications of, and dynamics behind, the heterosexualization of Platonic eros in the Renaissance. Focusing on the specific work done by different texts in particular contexts rather than homogenizing the translation of pederastic eros, the essay contributes to a critical genealogy of heterosexuality. Links between Le Roy's effort and the cultural and political ambitions of the French monarchy receive particular attention.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1935-0236
Print ISSN
0034-4338
Pages
pp. 406-439
Launched on MUSE
2008-03-27
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2009
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