AIDS and the National Body: Essays by Thomas E. Yingling

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Thomas Yingling was a rising star in American studies, a leading figure in gay and lesbian studies, and a prominent theorist of AIDS and cultural politics when he died in 1992. AIDS and the National Body is a brilliant excursion into the mind and heart of Yingling, author of the critically acclaimed book, Hart Crane and the Homosexual Text. Robyn Wiegman, a friend and colleague of Yingling’s, has collected in this book a selection of his critical and creative work. These previously published and unpublished essays, nonacademic prose, poetry, and letters are a powerful testimonial to the intellectual legacy left by Yingling.
Contemplating the contradictions of individual identity from within a human body adapting to and living within a collective national culture, Yingling delves into such issues as canon formation, poetic theory, and the rhetoric of the body in American popular culture. In addition to Wiegman’s illuminating introduction, the conversation is joined by four other scholars—Michael Awkward, Robert L. Caserio, Stephen Melville, and David Román—whose critical and personal responses to Yingling’s writing weigh in throughout the volume. What emerges is a collection that embodies the particular difficulties of living with AIDS, of outliving someone who has died of AIDS, and of losing prematurely an important thinker.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822319771
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Series: Series Q
  • Pages: 194
  • Lexile: 1610L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Thomas E. Yingling was Associate Professor of English at Syracuse University until his death from AIDS-related causes in 1992. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Hart Crane and the Homosexual Text.

Thomas E. Yingling was Associate Professor of English at Syracuse University until his death from AIDS-related causes in 1992. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Hart Crane and the Homosexual Text.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Dear--- 9
The Oncology of Ontology 15
Wittgenstein's Tumor: AIDS and the National Body 17
AIDS in America: Postmodern Governance, Identity, and Experience 37
Hope 57
How the Eye Is Caste: Robert Mapplethorpe and the Limits of Controversy 59
The Burdens of One's Deeper Debts 79
Sexual Preference/Cultural Reference: The Predicament of Gay Culture Studies 93
AIDS, Confession, and Theory: The Pedagogical Dilemma 105
Fetishism, Identity, Politics 108
Speaking with the Dead 118
Untitled 133
Theory and the Debate over Canon 137
The Stuttering I: Lyric Subjectivity and Excess 147
The Mortal Limits of Poetry and Criticism: Reading Yingling, Reading Gunn 158
Something 168
Caesura 170
Bibliography 179
Index 189
Contributors 193
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