HIV Stories

The Archaeology of AIDS Writing in France, 1985-1988

Jean Pierre Boulé

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ISBN: 9780853235682

Publication: May 1, 2002

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This book draws attention to the existence in France of an AIDS literature from 1985 to 1988 before AIDS writing became either a widely recognised genre or a culturally influential form of writing. It is a predominantly literary critical study, informed by gender studies and psychoanalytic criticism in its readings of individual texts, and interwoven with contextual information.

Jean Pierre Boule is Professor of Contemporary French Studies at Nottingham Trent University.

Acknowledgements Introduction Part I AIDS Fiction 1 Laygues: The Ambiguity of Witnessing 2 Juliette: Masculinist Desires and Sexualities 3 Winer: Masculinity, Grief and Sexuality PART II AIDS Testimony 4 Testimony, Self-Avowal and Confession Simonin: The Forgotten Witness Aron: The Overlooked Witness 5 Dreuilhe: Metaphor/Phantasy and Mobilisation Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

Professor Boulé’s readings of specific texts are alert and frequently shrewd. The issues he has addressed are important ones: his emphasis on the position of women in French AIDS literature is valuable; his psychoanalytic characterizations – particularly of Simonin and Dreuilhe – underscore a dimension of the experience of AIDS people that has rarely been acknowledged or explored.
Ross Chambers   University of Michigan

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 x 163 mm

240 Pages

ISBN: 9780853235682

Publication: May 1, 2002

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