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By Thomas L. Long

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

Since public discourse approximately AIDS started in 1981, it has characterised AIDS as an apocalyptic plague: a punishment for sin and an indication of the tip of the realm. Christian fundamentalists had already configured the homosexual male inhabitants such a lot visibly plagued by AIDS as apocalyptic signifiers or symptoms of the "end times." Their discourse grew out of a centuries-old American apocalypticism that integrated photos of obstacle, destruction, and supreme renewal. during this booklet, Thomas L. lengthy examines the ways that homosexual and AIDS activists, artists, writers, scientists, and reporters appropriated this apocalyptic rhetoric so that it will mobilize cognizance to the scientific quandary, hinder the unfold of the disorder, and deal with the HIV infected.

utilizing the analytical instruments of literary research, cultural stories, functionality idea, and social semiotics, AIDS and American Apocalypticism examines many varieties of discourse, together with fiction, drama, functionality paintings, demonstration pics and brochures, biomedical guides, and journalism and indicates that, whereas first and foremost necessary, the consequences of apocalyptic rhetoric within the long-term are harmful. one of the vital figures in AIDS activism and the humanities mentioned are David Drake, Tim Miller, Sarah Schulman, and Tony Kushner, in addition to the companies ACT UP and Lesbian Avengers.

"Beyond being an enormous examine the impact of religiously encouraged rhetoric on LGBT lives, this ebook can also be a magnificent documentation of queer responses to HIV/AIDS within the Eighties and Nineteen Nineties, and a highly useful 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 price of spiritual discourse with no endorsing its claims to symbolize the true’ is a powerful and critical insight.” — CHOICE

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

"This publication 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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In this vision he stripped off his clothes (which the performing Miller actually did as he relates the vision), recalled the violence of nuclear anxiety, consumer excess, and Exile of the Queer Evangelist 43 homophobia; he watched friends and lovers die. Miller narrated how a horrible beast crawled into the crater, clawing at him and pulling friends and lovers out of Miller’s rectum. But at this juncture, Miller announced, “I made that all up. All about the volcano and the beast. I lied to you.

28 One task of this study will be to interrogate specific cultural productions in a specific place and time in order to determine the effects of social action. Within logonomic systems, genre regimes covertly engage production and reception and noetic regimes by adjudicating, not simply the classification of existing texts, but behavior and thought, how authors write and readers interpret, what they should write and read about; thus genre regimes classify more than existing texts but also classify people— “readers and writers—and .

I am not ashamed of nakedness and I will not [be] cast out of paradise by right-wing bigots or some fucking hunky archangel with a flaming sword in some garden. This is one sex between two queer men’s bodies in the time of trial on the planet Earth at the very end of the second millennium” (336).

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