(Re)Conceptualizing the Individual and Social Body in Spanish American Literature
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: The Ohio State University Press
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Th is 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. Our conver-sations challenged me to think in new directions and taught me how to find my critical voice. Many of their suggestions and feedback have been ...
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Si nce 1981, the world has been profoundly impacted by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syn-drome (AIDS). On an individual level, HIV and AIDS possess the poten-tial 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, thus forcing a rethinking of the conceptualization of self, both ...
Chapter OneHIV as RevengeThe Body as Weapon
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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 perceived to be committed against ...
Eroticism and AIDS
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...“AIDS is not so much a punishment for promiscuity—the wages of sin—as a brutal material proof of something known but never quite com-prehended, namely that death inhabits sexuality: perversely, lethally, ecstatically” (Dollimore xi). Cultural critic Jonathan Dollimore’s blatantly honest assertion in Death, Desire and Loss in Western Culture serves as ...
Isolation and Exile
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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 inter-actions with other bodies—before contracting HIV, then grappling with the ramifications of the diagnosis, and finally in engaging in subsequent ...
Chapter FourPedro Lemebel’s Loco afán: crónicas de sidarioForging (Comm)unitythrough Hybridity
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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. In some instances, this reaction is a drastic form of self-flagellation and condemnation, as well as an attempt to flee the ...
Concludi ng ThoughtsAn Ever-Shifting LandscapeFuture Markers of Identity
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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. Despite these medical advances, the physical reality of having AIDS is often compounded by the social construction of the disease and the multiple meanings attached to ...
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Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2012
Series Title: Transocieanic Studies
Series Editor Byline: Ileana Rodriguez