AUTHOR: Maggie Nelson
PUBLISHER: Graywolf Press
AWARDS: National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism (2015), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Memoir & Autobiography (2015), The Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature Nominee (2016), Rathbones Folio Prize Nominee (2017)
by Maggie Nelson
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.
Author Maggie Nelson identifies as bisexual, and explores queer life and her attraction to people of many genders in The Argonauts.
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