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Kate Thomas, “Lesbian Arcadia: Desire and Design in the Fin-de-Siècle Garden”

Presented by Harvard Graduate School of Design at Online/Virtual Space

Feb 18 2021
Kate Thomas, “Lesbian Arcadia: Desire and Design in the Fin-de-Siècle Garden”

In this lecture, Professor Thomas puts the fields of landscape architecture and queer theory into conversation, arguing that queer theory needs to build a history of lesbian desire that is animated as much by landscape as by other women.

At the end of the nineteenth century, British and American lesbian artists settled around Florence, Italy, renovating neglected Renaissance estates.  Contemporary accounts describe the hillside region as colonized by a “cult of women.”  These women restored, refashioned and theorized gardens as places of queerly mythic erotic encounter.  In this lecture Professor Thomas will explore how design features such as nymphaeums, water parterres, secret gardens, grottos and boscos provided

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Live captioning will be provided during this event. A transcript will be available roughly two weeks after the event, upon request.

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