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Writing AIDS

(Re)Conceptualizing the Individual and Social Body in Spanish American Literature

Jodie Parys

Publication Year: 2012

Writing AIDS: (Re)Conceptualizing the Individual and Social Body in Spanish American Literature by Jodie Parys examines the ways in which AIDS has pervaded the personal and social imaginings of the body by highlighting textual representations found in Spanish American literature where AIDS has a significant role. This book addresses the current void in literary theory about HIV/AIDS in Spanish America by drawing together diverse literary texts to illuminate how these Spanish American writers have chosen to depict this disease and how their texts will be archived for future generations. All of the works are united under the broad topic of the body, conceived of as the individual comprising a physical, emotional, and spiritual entity both in isolation and in communion with others. Because HIV and AIDS are physical viruses that attack real bodies, it is the initial portal of entry into the exploration of the notion of identity and how it is impacted and altered by the arrival of AIDS. However, each individual is also a part of a larger community, and the virus itself impacts society as well as individuals. These separate but related concepts—the individual and social bodies—are the uniting themes that are woven throughout the entire study.

Published by: The Ohio State University Press

Series: Transoceanic Studies


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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5


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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-viii

This book would not have been possible without the support, direction, and encouragement of so many people. A tremendous thank you to Ksenija Bilbija, Rubén Medina, and Juan Egea for the insightful feedback they provided when this project was in the dissertation stage. ...

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pp. 1-16

Since 1981, the world has been profoundly impacted by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). On an individual level, HIV and AIDS possess the potential to cause the body’s immune function to become compromised and, as a consequence, may undermine an individual’s control over his or her own body, ...

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Chapter One - The Body as Weapon: HIV as Revenge

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pp. 17-56

Revenge as a theme has pervaded both public and private discourses and can be found in areas as diverse as religion, law, psychology, and literature, to name just a few. The motivations for revenge are just as diverse as its manifestations, but underlying all such vengeance narratives is the desire to “get even” or correct a grievance ...

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Chapter Two - Eroticism and AIDS: The Confluence of Desire, Death, and Writing

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pp. 57-93

“AIDS is not so much a punishment for promiscuity—the wages of sin— as a brutal material proof of something known but never quite comprehended, namely that death inhabits sexuality: perversely, lethally, ecstatically” (Dollimore xi). Cultural critic Jonathan Dollimore’s blatantly honest assertion ...

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Chapter Three - Isolation and Exile: AIDS and the Solitary Body

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pp. 94-137

The previous two chapters focused on the AIDS-infected body in its interactions with other bodies in the arena of retribution and revenge, as well as erotic escapism. Despite their drastic differences, those bodies and their experiences with AIDS were in large part defined by their interactions with other bodies—before contracting HIV, ...

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Chapter Four - Forging (Comm)unity through Hybridity: Pedro Lemebel’s Loco afán: crónicas de sidario

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pp. 138-171

The previous chapter illustrated the profound potential that AIDS and HIV have to isolate those affected by it, as the narratives by Prieto, Mallach, and Pérez dramatically illustrated. In the first of those texts, the disease triggers a self-imposed isolation, an intentional erasure of the self from the social body. ...

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Concluding Thoughts - Future Markers of Identity: An Ever-Shifting Landscape

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pp. 172-179

Throughout the thirty-year history of the AIDS epidemic, there have been many significant advances in the areas of both prevention and medical care, drastically slowing the progression of the disease in infected individuals and cutting the rate of infection. ...

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pp. 185-199

E-ISBN-13: 9780814270370
E-ISBN-10: 0814270379
Print-ISBN-13: 9780814212042
Print-ISBN-10: 0814212042

Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Transoceanic Studies
Series Editor Byline: Edited by Ileana Rodriguez See more Books in this Series

OCLC Number: 868220072
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