Dissertations and Theses

Date of Award

2019

Document Type

Thesis

Department

English

First Advisor

Václav Paris

Second Advisor

Harold Veeser

Keywords

Maggie nelson, argonauts, queer theory, feminist theory, embodiment, literature

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to explore how Maggie Nelson, in her groundbreaking memoir The Argonauts (2015), works to bring critical theory (primarily queer and feminist theory) out of the academy and into the realm of the personal, rendering theory as tangible and embodied in a real-world setting. Through this unique exchange, Nelson radically reinstates norms relating to gender, sexuality, motherhood and relationships.

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