Ann Vickery teaches at Deakin University. She is the author of Leaving Lines of Gender: A Feminist Genealogy of Language Writing (Wesleyan University Press, 2000) and Stressing the Modern: Cultural Politics in Australian Women’s Poetry (Salt, 2007). She co-authored The Intimate Archive: Journeys through Private Papers (National Library of Australia, 2009) with Maryanne Dever and Sally Newman. She co-edited Poetry and the Trace (Puncher and Wattmann, 2013) with John Hawke and recently co-edited a double issue of Hecate (2018) on “Queer Legacies, New Solidarities” with Daniel Marshall and Emma Whatman.
While much of the scholarship on Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts has analysed it through the framework of auto-theory, I argue that considering it through the…