The Argonauts

By | November 3, 2019
The Argonauts Author Maggie Nelson
ISBN-10 1555977359
ISBN-13 9781555977351
Year 2016-01-26
Pages 160
Language English
Publisher Graywolf Press
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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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