HIV in World Cultures: Three Decades of Representations

HIV in World Cultures: Three Decades of Representations

By: Gustavo Subero (author)Hardback

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This book analyses the way that HIV/AIDS is often narrativised and represented in contemporary world cultures, as well as the different strategies of remembrance deployed by different (sub)cultural groups affected by the illness. Through a close study of a variety of cultural texts; including cinema, literature, theatre, art and photography amongst others, it demonstrates the trajectory that such narratives and representations have undergone since the advent of the 'discovery' of the disease in the 1980s. Acknowledging the central - yet often overlooked - role that cultural products have played in the construction of public opinion towards the condition itself and those who suffer it, this ground-breaking volume focuses on a variety of narratives, as well as strategies of coping with HIV/AIDS that have emerged across the globe. Bringing together research on the UK, North and South America, Africa and China, it provides rich textual analyses of the ways in which the HIV positive body has been portrayed in contemporary culture, with attention to the differences between specific national contexts, whilst keeping in view a space of commonality amongst the different experiences reflected in such texts. As such, it will be of interest to social scientists and scholars of cultural and media studies, concerned with cultural production and representations of the body and sickness.

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Gustavo Subero is a Researcher in Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Studies in the UK, and author of Queer Masculinity in Latin American Cinema: Male Bodies and Representations.


Contents: Preface; Canadian literary representations of HIV/AIDS, Shoshannah Ganz; Distancing the recent past: new forms of discomfort with AIDS in the US, John C. Hawley; Mapping hetero/homo-sexuality on the Caribbean male, HIV body, Gustavo E. Subero; Mapping the HIV body in contemporary Latin American theatre, Daniela Capona; Listening to myself: politics of AIDS representation - a personal perspective, Richard Sawdon Smith; Who dies? Transformations in Derek Jarman's last films, Paul Attinello; Within the limits of the body: artistic images of HIV/AIDS in Spain and its relation with the cultural industry, Rut Martin Hernandez; The role of local communities in developing unique and effective intervention responses to the AIDS epidemic: experiences from Thika, Kenya, Felistus Kinyanjui; Deconstructing and reconstructing cultural representations to strengthen HIV/AIDS interventions in Africa, Arvind Singhal; Representing HIV/AIDS in Africa: pluralist photography and local empowerment, Roland Bleiker and Amy Kay; AIDS phobia (aizibing kongjuzheng) and the people who panic about AIDS (kong'ai zu): the consequences of HIV representations in China, Johanna Hood; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/11/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781409453987
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 314
  • ID: 9781409453987
  • weight: 622
  • ISBN10: 1409453987

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