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AIDS and literature

KENNETH J.URBAN


Subject Literature

Key-Topics AIDS

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631207535.1997.x


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Since the mid-1980s, there has been an artistic response to the AIDS crisis which crosses various modes of literary production in both the Western and non-Western worlds. Though many recent artistic endeavors reflect the changing ways in which we view sex and sexuality, a specific literary response addresses AIDS and its various representations. It is important to note that it is impossible and undesirable to create a “coherent” body of AIDS literature; the response is too varied. Yet, with such a disclaimer in mind, this entry will attempt to point out some of the literature and the critical work emerging in response to the disease, invariably making such generalizations as one desires to avoid. In the West, the literary response to AIDS has largely taken the form of nonfiction and fiction writings (short stories, novels, and P oetry ), while in non-Western countries, the response is more closely associated with performance-oriented forms of D iscourse . These responses to the AIDS crisis, in both the West and non-Western worlds, are intimately connected with theater and other means of “modern” representation, such as film, television, newspapers, magazines, informational pamphlets and, most recently, electronic newsgroups. This entry will focus solely on the nonfiction and fiction W ritings , excluding drama, since it is too large a topic to approach here. However, in limiting ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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