Facing It: AIDS Diaries and the Death of the Author by Leigh Ross Chambers

By Leigh Ross Chambers

For a iteration or extra, literary theorists have used the metaphor of "the dying of the writer" in contemplating the commentary that to write down is to abdicate regulate over the meanings one's textual content is in a position to producing. yet relating to AIDS diaries, the metaphor may be literal. Facing It examines the style now not in classificatory phrases yet pragmatically, because the website of a social interplay. via a close examine of 3 such diaries, originating respectively in France, the U.S., and Australia, Ross Chambers demonstrates that concerns about the politics of AIDS writing and the ethics of examining are associated by way of a standard problem with the problematics of survivorhood. of the diaries selected for distinct cognizance during this gentle are video diaries: La Pudeur ou l'impudeur via Hervé Guibert (author of To the good friend Who didn't keep My Life), and Silverlake Life, by means of the yankee videomaker Tom Joslin (aided through his lover and neighbors, particularly Peter Friedman). The 3rd is a defiant yet fearful textual content, Unbecoming, by way of an American anthropologist, Eric Michaels, who died in Brisbane, Australia, in 1988. different authors extra in short tested contain Pascal de Duve, Bertrand Duquénelle, Alain Emmanuel Dreuilhe, David Wojnarowicz, Gary Fisher, and the filmmaker (not a diarist) Laurie Lynd. ultimately, dealing with It takes at the factor of its personal relevance, asking what contributions literary feedback could make in the course of an epidemic.

"Groundbreaking in its procedure and very likely broad in its charm. . . . The rigor of the tips, their dramatic nature, and the political force of the rhetoric all should still win dealing with It a wide readership which can expand some distance past scholars of narrative or queer theory." --David Bergman, Towson collage, editor of Camp Grounds: type and Homosexuality

Ross Chambers is distinctive collage Professor of French and Comparative Literature, college of Michigan, and writer of Room for Maneuver: interpreting (the) Oppositional (in) Narrative and Story and scenario: Narrative Seduction and the facility of Fiction.

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