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HIV Stories

The Archaeology of AIDS Writing in France, 1985-1988

2002

May 1st, 2002

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

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

University of Michigan

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Jean Pierre Boule is Professor of Contemporary French Studies at Nottingham Trent University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Contents5
Acknowledgements6
Introduction9
Part I: AIDS Fiction37
1: Laygues: The Ambiguity in Witnessing39
2: Juliette: Masculinist Desires and Sexualities54
3: Winer: Masculinity, Grief and Sexuality73
Part II: AIDS Testimony95
4: Testimony, Self-Avowal and Confession97
Simonin: The Forgotten Witness98
Aron: The Overlooked Witness116
5: Dreuilhe: Metaphor/Phantasy and Mobilisation128
Conclusion150
Notes158
Bibliography175
Index184