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

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Overview

This book draws attention to the existence in France of an AIDS literature from 1985 to 1988 before AIDS writing became either a widely recognized 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.

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Ross Chambers
"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
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
PART I: AIDS FICTION
1. Laygues: The Ambiguity in 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

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