HIV Stories: The Archaeology of AIDS Writing in France, 1985-1988

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Liverpool University Press, 2002 - Health & Fitness - 184 pages
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Drawing attention to the existence in France of an AIDS literature from 1985 to 1988, before AIDS became either a widly recognised genre or a culturally influential form of writing, this predominately critical literary study is informed by gender studies and psychoanalytic criticism in its readings of individual texts. Interwoven with contextual information, the book provides sympathetic readings of courageous writers who have been unfairly criticised, like Dreuilhe, or forgotten like Simonin, or like Aron, never properly understood.
  

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Contents

The Ambiguity in Witnessing
31
Masculinist Desires and Sexualities
46
Masculinity Grief and Sexuality
65
Testimony SelfAvowal and Confession
89
MetaphorPhantasy and Mobilisation
120
Conclusion
142
Bibliography
167
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About the author (2002)

Jean-Pierre Boule is Professor of Contemporary French Studies at the Nottingham Trent University. Apart from his book on Sartre (Sartre mediatique, 1992), he has published on Guibert as well as on other AIDS writers, including: Herve Guibert special issue of Nottingham French Studies, Vo.34, I (Spring 1995); A l'ami qui ne m'a pas sauve la vie and other writings, (1995); 'Aids in France', special issue of French Cultural Studies, Vol.9, 2, No.27 (October 1998), [Co-edited with Dr Murray Pratt]; Herve Guibert: Voices of the Self, is published by Liverpool University Press in its 'Modern French Writers' Series.

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