English-spoken reading group, led by Charlotte Van Buylaere & Laura Herman.
Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts, p. 3 — 37
During the third session of Family Fictions, we will discuss queer family making and the representation of relationships between people who identify as transgender, non-binary, genderqueer, or gender non-conforming. We will read together the first part of ‘The Argonauts’ by means of an introduction to Nelson’s expansive way of considering identity, caretaking, parenthood and freedom, but we warmly recommend you to read the whole book.
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.
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