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By Thomas L. Long

ISBN-10: 1423748654

ISBN-13: 9781423748656

Looks at how either anti-gay and AIDS activists use apocalyptic language to explain the AIDS crisis.

Since public discourse approximately AIDS begun in 1981, it has characterised AIDS as an apocalyptic plague: a punishment for sin and an indication of the top of the area. Christian fundamentalists had already configured the homosexual male inhabitants so much visibly stricken by AIDS as apocalyptic signifiers or symptoms of the "end times." Their discourse grew out of a centuries-old American apocalypticism that integrated photographs of trouble, destruction, and supreme renewal. during this booklet, Thomas L. lengthy examines the ways that homosexual and AIDS activists, artists, writers, scientists, and newshounds appropriated this apocalyptic rhetoric in an effort to mobilize consciousness to the clinical concern, hinder the unfold of the sickness, and deal with the HIV infected.

utilizing the analytical instruments of literary research, cultural reports, functionality thought, and social semiotics, AIDS and American Apocalypticism examines many varieties of discourse, together with fiction, drama, functionality artwork, demonstration pix and brochures, biomedical courses, and journalism and indicates that, whereas at the start important, the results of apocalyptic rhetoric within the long-term are harmful. one of the very important figures in AIDS activism and the humanities mentioned are David Drake, Tim Miller, Sarah Schulman, and Tony Kushner, in addition to the enterprises ACT UP and Lesbian Avengers.

"Beyond being a huge examine the impression of religiously encouraged rhetoric on LGBT lives, this ebook is additionally a powerful documentation of queer responses to HIV/AIDS within the Nineteen Eighties and Nineteen Nineties, and a highly necessary repository and remembrance of artwork and activism within the face of loss." — GLQ: A magazine of Lesbian and homosexual Studies

“His attempt to ‘acknowledge the worth of non secular discourse with no endorsing its claims to symbolize the genuine’ is a magnificent and significant insight.” — CHOICE

"Thomas L. lengthy deals perceptive readings of contemporary novels and dramas and hyperlinks the dialogue to his broader argument. His insights and conclusions are intelligent and positively aid one take into consideration the works in clean and illuminating ways." — Paul S. Boyer, Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford spouse to usa History

"This e-book is amazing in its intensity of scholarship and interesting to read." — Susan J. Palmer, writer of AIDS as an Apocalyptic Metaphor in North America

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What they write or read about and what 20 AIDS and American Apocalypticism they should think and mean,” producing both ideology and identity. 31 Similarly, the analysis of textual style, rather than an object of the formalist’s gaze, is a critique of ideology, since The more distinctive (different, marked) the style of a text or genre, the more strongly the existence of an anti-group is signaled, conscious of its opposition to other groups in society, so that high stylization is a transparent signifier of high polarization and conflict.

Apocalyptus Interruptus 19 mentalists and the HIV/AIDS affected/infected will have understood themselves as “dominated” by a destructive hegemony that threatens their very existence, and in this study I will explore how the latter group has employed apocalyptic discourse derived not only from the immediate discursive field of American sexual politics in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but also from a more extensive cultural pattern in American society. ” Logonomic systems establish identity and solidarity and enforce power by controlling the production of meaning: [W]ho can think and say what to whom in what way, and who or what is excluded from discourse and knowledge.

Visibility politics are compatible with capitalism’s relentless appetite for new markets and with the most satisfying ideologies of the United States: you are welcome as long as you are productive. ACT-UP’s iconic “Silence = Death” was supplemented with “Action = Life,” but as an academic and an activist I struggle with the next (implied) supplement, “Discourse (or Performance) = Action” because the product of cultural work is not always materially evident or incontrovertible. As Phelan suggests, performance is characterized by its temporality or evanescence.

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