Representations of HIV and AIDS

Representations of HIV and AIDS

by Gabriele Griffin
     
 

What happened to the plague of HIV/AIDS that once seemed so threatening? Gabriele Griffin argues that the explosion of HIV/AIDS into highly visible cultural forms, from movies, theatre, activist interventions, and art from the late-1980s to the mid-1990s has been replaced by a retreat to artisitic invisibility. Griffin suggests that changes in the understanding of

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What happened to the plague of HIV/AIDS that once seemed so threatening? Gabriele Griffin argues that the explosion of HIV/AIDS into highly visible cultural forms, from movies, theatre, activist interventions, and art from the late-1980s to the mid-1990s has been replaced by a retreat to artisitic invisibility. Griffin suggests that changes in the understanding of HIV/AIDS, the shift from “dying of the disease” to “living with it” in Western cultures, and a failure to grasp the full extent of the growth and impact of HIV/AIDS in a number of African and Asian countries has led to the “death” of the disease in the Western media.

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For the period from about 1988 to 1993, when the HIV and AIDS were at the height of public visibility, Griffin (Kingston U.) looks at the disease's visual representation in installations, photography, exhibitions, videos and films, health promotion campaigns based on poster and mass media publications, and images of people with HIV/AIDS in news coverage. She includes both high and low art. Distributed in the US by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719047114
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)

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Gabriele Griffin is Professor of English at Kingston University.

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