ON BEING A GOOD-ENOUGH READER OF MAGGIE NELSON'S THE ARGONAUTS

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Abstract

This article explores what might constitute the good-enough reader of Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts. Prompted by Nelson's use of D.W. Winnicott's theory of the good-enough mother whose insufficiencies generate the infant's capacity to tolerate ordinary frustration and move beyond both idealizations and denigrations, I argue that the good-enough reader here would be the one who resists the temptation to idealize both the book and its author. This argument is presented as an attempt to open up some spaces for the discussion of ambivalent responses to this book, beyond the rather deferential fandom that has characterized the psychic life of its reception.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-208
Number of pages5
JournalAngelaki
Volume23
Issue number1
Early online date28 Feb 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018