This thought piece reflects on David Román’s 2000 GLQ article “Not-about-AIDS” as an important intervention in which he critiques other intellectuals and public figures who have proclaimed or celebrated the “end” of AIDS because of combination therapy. I repeat and extend this critique into the present, questioning the lack of memory and discourse on AIDS in contemporary US culture. Like Román, I insist on the importance of humanistic discourse on AIDS through embodied, cultural interventions. Moreover, I point to discursive backlash that humanistic discourse often solicits via a critique of Arlene Croce’s review of Still/ Here. Finally, I point to the importance of platforms such as GLQ to continue a critical dialogue on how AIDS is discussed.
Research Article| January 01 2019
Discussing The Undiscussable: Reflecting on the “End” of AIDS
GLQ (2019) 25 (1): 67–72.
John Petrus; Discussing The Undiscussable: Reflecting on the “End” of AIDS. GLQ 1 January 2019; 25 (1): 67–72. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10642684-7275488
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