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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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(p.142) Conclusion
HIV Stories
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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on AIDS writing in France during the 1980s. It explains that most the writings analyzed in this volume lack the usual literary qualities and suggests that the reason why they were allowed to be published could be because they could not ‘contaminate’ the literary establishment and by extension the majority of the heterosexual population whose serological status was negative. This chapter also argues that these AIDS narratives highlighted the scandalous lack of early prevention in France and the discrimination experienced by people with AIDS (PWAs) in the 1980s.

Keywords:   AIDS writing, France, literary qualities, AIDS narratives, early prevention, discrimination, PWAs

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