This book draws attention to the existence in France of an AIDS literature from 1985 to 1988 before AIDS writing became either a widely recognised genre or a culturally influential form of writing. It is a predominantly literary critical study, informed by gender studies and psychoanalytic criticism in its readings of individual texts, and interwoven with contextual information.
Professor Boulé’s readings of specific texts are alert and frequently shrewd. The issues he has addressed are important ones: his emphasis on the position of women in French AIDS literature is valuable; his psychoanalytic characterizations – particularly of Simonin and Dreuilhe – underscore a dimension of the experience of AIDS people that has rarely been acknowledged or explored.
Ross Chambers, University of Michigan
University of Michigan
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