The Argonauts

The Argonauts

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.

Maggie Nelson is most recently the author of three books of nonfiction: Bluets (Wave Books, 2009); Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (University of Iowa Press, 2007), and The Red Parts: A Memoir (Free Press, 2007). The Art of Cruelty, a work of art criticism, is forthcoming from WW Norton. Nelson is also the author of several books of poetry, including Som...

啊啊啊啊啊啊啊each pages took an identity crisis to read
最打动我的大概是她本科时与她心目中理想的intellectual mother Christina Crosby的互动。讲到Crosby这位一辈子在解构身分的帅气Butch,在身分问题上被一群爱她、但又拥抱女性身分、拥抱基于身分的女性主义传统的学生所羞辱。理论与经验、私人与公共、结构与解构的互动在这则逸事中表现得很透彻。师生交互也说明了autobiography和autotheory的价值:auto并不意味着自我沉溺,而是对相依而生的关系性的投入,是一个邀请的手势,邀请他人加入自身所处的空间与传统。
Queer culture之类的是真的不懂;但她文字的节奏太好了,metaphor呀allusion呀信手拈来,有些东西绞尽脑汁也未必看得懂,然而凡是能看懂的都惊为天人 - 尤其是关于the unsayable的内容相当酷。
“ I do not want the female gender that has been assigned to me at birth. Neither do I want the male gender that transsexual medicine can furnish and that the state will award me if I behave in the right way. I don’t want any of it.”(幸运,刚想看这书就看到了。)
I fucking hate liberals
Can’t stop reading, GGG “"good in bed, giving equal time and equal pleasure," and "game for anything within reach. If you are expected to be monogamous and have one person be all things sexually for you, then you have to be whores for each other," Savage says. "You have to be up for anything"