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HIV StoriesThe Archaeology of AIDS Writing in France, 1985-1988$
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Jean Pierre Boulé

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235682

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313288

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Testimony, Self-Avowal and Confession

Testimony, Self-Avowal and Confession

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This chapter examines two testimonial writing about AIDS in France. These are Michel Simonin's Danger de vie and the story of philosopher and journalist Jean-Paul Aron, the first French personnalité to speak openly to the media about his illness. It suggests that Simonin's book is constructed as self-avowal, and a narrative of guilty confession is superimposed on Aron. This chapter argues that while Simonin and Aron came from different generations and spectrum of society, they shared the same intention of breaking the silence and to become visible.

Keywords:   testimonial writing, AIDS, France, Michel Simonin, Danger de vie, Jean-Paul Aron, self-avowal, guilty confession

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