The Literature, Criticism, and Textual Studies Speaker Series is pleased to present a lecture by Heather Love, Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, on Thursday, October 13, at 3:30pm, in 1210 McClung Tower. In her talk, “Rebuilding the Argo: A Queer Marriage Plot,” Professor Love reads Maggie Nelson’s 2015 The Argonauts in order to reflect on the possibilities for queer narrative after the legalization of same-sex marriage in the U.S. Reflecting on recent debates about anti-normativity in queer studies, she takes up Nelson’s memoir about her marriage to the transgender artist Harry Dodge. In order to imagine a queer marriage plot—one that resists the stark binaries of normative and non-normative—Nelson brings to bear the representational resources of a queer tradition of impossible love as well as a feminist tradition of critical engagement with domesticity, reproduction, and the everyday.
Professor Love is the author of Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History (Harvard, 2005) and the editor of a special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies on the scholarship and legacy of Gayle Rubin (“Rethinking Sex”) and the co-editor of a special issue of Representations (“Description Across Disciplines”).