The Archaeology of AIDS Writing in France, 1985-1988
Jean Pierre Boulé
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
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: May 1, 2002