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French Post-Modern MasculinitiesFrom Neuromatrices to Seropositivity$
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Lawrence R. Schehr

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312151

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315282

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The Work of Literature in an Age of Queer Reproduction

The Work of Literature in an Age of Queer Reproduction

(p.17) Chapter One The Work of Literature in an Age of Queer Reproduction
French Post-Modern Masculinities
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines notions of HIV infection and the practices associated with the choices of bareback or unsafe sex and how they contribute to subject-formation in some contemporary queer literature by analysing the works of Guillaume Dustan and Erik Rémès. In particular, it considers the ways in which the very idea of the subject is redefined at a time when viral status is not condemned the way it was in the early years of the AIDS epidemic in the West. Both Dustan and Rémès have each served almost as a magnet for understanding contemporary literature's modes of representing male homosexuality. Dustan's early works could be classified as autofictions, which focus on a willful generalisation of the sexual into a universal queerness. In his novel Je bande donc je suis, Rémès starts with the double version of the cogito, marking erection and seropositivity, thus placing the existence of self squarely within seropositive homosexuality.

Keywords:   HIV infection, queer literature, Guillaume Dustan, Erik Rémès, AIDS, homosexuality, autofictions, Je bande donc je suis, seropositivity, unsafe sex

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