Three excellent recent books attest to how much remains to be understood about the AIDS epidemic, and even about its most well-studied years, the 1980s and 1990s. While varying by discipline and approach, these books converge around a common set of preoccupations: the potency of historical legacies, the vigor as well as the fragility of counterpublics, the tensions between individualizing and collectivizing responses to disaster, and the social management of despair. Yet despite their virtues, these books also raise questions about the limitations of accounts that isolate HIV/AIDS as a distinct scholarly topic.
Book Review| April 01 2013
Reframing Aids, Retooling Scholarship
Infectious Ideas: U.S. Political Responses to the AIDS Crisis, Brier, Jennifer,
University of North Carolina Press,
Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP's Fight against AIDS, Gould, Deborah B.,
University of Chicago Press,
Reframing Bodies: AIDS, Bearing Witness, and the Queer Moving Image, Hallas, Roger,
Duke University Press,
GLQ (2013) 19 (2): 249–259.
Steven Epstein; Reframing Aids, Retooling Scholarship. GLQ 1 April 2013; 19 (2): 249–259. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10642684-1957222
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