The Argonauts

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Graywolf Press, May 5, 2015 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages

An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language, and family

Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts is a genre-bending memoir, a work of "autotheory" offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. At its center is a romance: the story of the author's relationship with the artist Harry Dodge. This story, which includes Nelson's account of falling in love with Dodge, who is fluidly gendered, as well as her journey to and through a pregnancy, offers a firsthand account of the complexities and joys of (queer) family-making.
Writing in the spirit of public intellectuals such as Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, Nelson binds her personal experience to a rigorous exploration of what iconic theorists have said about sexuality, gender, and the vexed institutions of marriage and child-rearing. Nelson's insistence on radical individual freedom and the value of caretaking becomes the rallying cry of this thoughtful, unabashed, uncompromising book.

 

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The Argonauts explores gender fluidity, relationships, sexuality and motherhood from Maggie Nelson's perspective. She is married to Harry Dodge, who was born a woman, identifies as gender fluid and ... Read full review

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I did not love this, and I had hoped I would. This is my first Nelson, and I'd heard such good things, both about the book and about her. But this fell flat to me. There are some nice moments -- for ... Read full review

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About the author (2015)

Maggie Nelson is a poet, critic, and nonfiction author of books such as The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning, Bluets, and Jane: A Murder. She teaches in the School of Critical Studies at CalArts and lives in Los Angeles, California.

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