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978-1-4985-8446-3 • Hardback • November 2019 • $100.00 • (£77.00)
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Christine Cynn is associate professor of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Jennifer Lavoie is instructor of English and American Studies at Central Connecticut State University.
Aimee Pozorski is professor of English and director of English graduate studies at Central Connecticut State University.
Chapter 1: Literary and Visual Representations of HIV/AIDS: An Introduction, Christine Cynn and Aimee Pozorski
Chapter 2: Countering the Plague: AIDS Theatre as a Site of Memory, Dirk Visser
Chapter 3: Poetry before Protease, Nels P. Highberg
Chapter 4: Early Representations of “IT”: AIDS, The American Canon, and Robert Ferro’s Second Son, Ryan Calabretta-Sajder
Chapter 5: Borrowed Time, Body Counts, and the Nearness of Others: Three Approaches to AIDS Memoirs, Jennifer Lavoie
Chapter 6: Guibert before Guibert: AIDS and Literary Creation, Mariarosa Loddo
Chapter 7: The Dream, the Disease, and the Disaster: On Yan Lianke’s Dream of Ding Village, Shelley W. Chan
Chapter 8: Abortion and Family as HIV Prevention Strategies: Kitia Touré’s Les gestes ou la vie, Christine Cynn
Chapter 9: When “Safe” Isn’t Safe: Reflecting on the Role of Science in the Production of Harmful Discourse of HIV/AIDS, Alison Patev
Chapter 10: Exceptional PrEParations: Pharmaceutical Interventions, Neoliberal Queerness, and Truvada, Andy Eicher
Chapter 11: “We should be embracing the infected, the HIV-positive, and showering them not only with love, but with medical care and psychosocial services”: An Interview with Michael Broder, Jennifer Lavoie and Michael Broder
Bringing together both literature and the visual arts in the depiction of the HIV/AIDS crisis from a global perspective, Literary and Visual Representations of HIV/AIDS makes a significant contribution to our understanding and witness of this epidemic and how it impacts the lives and institutions of people around the world. The contributions to this collection are nuanced and lasting, making us empathetic to the suffering and calling for us an ethical response to it.
— Lee Trepanier, Samford University
Forty years after HIV became an epidemic, ravaging lives and communities worldwide, we are still dealing with its effects and transmission, though at greatly reduced rates. This collection helps us bear witness to the struggle to end the epidemic by focusing on the role and importance of cultural works as “artifacts of memory,” as expressions of mourning and protest, and as opportunities for reducing fear and stigma. Cogent and engaging, the collection offers invaluable perspective on how cultural acts and activism helped to turn endurance and survival into viable options.
— Christopher Lane, author of Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness
Notable for their robust range of critical perspectives across genre, media, and national boundaries, the essays in this collection move fluently between the early days of the epidemic to the present, suggesting startling continuities and fissures among representations of HIV/AIDS and their analyses. Here cultural critique supplements the best kind of close reading, at once imaginative and historically accountable, laying bare the neoliberalization of social policy as well the enduring rhetoric of blame/responsibility in all its stigmatizing force. The attention to forgotten and neglected texts especially will invigorate discussions of HIV/AIDS and the politics of representation.
— Hiram Perez, Vassar College