AIDS in French Culture: Social Ills, Literary Cures by David Caron

By David Caron

The deluge of metaphors prompted in 1981 in France through the 1st public experiences of what could grow to be the AIDS epidemic unfold with some distance higher velocity and potency than the virus itself. to appreciate why it took France see you later to react to the AIDS drawback, AIDS in French Culture analyzes the intersections of 3 discourses—the literary, the clinical, and the political—and lines the foundation of French attitudes approximately AIDS again to nineteenth-century anxieties approximately nationhood, masculinity, and sexuality.

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In Feux et signaux de brume: Zola, Michel Serres emphasizes the kinship not only among some of the characters in La débâcle but also between France and Germany. There is, for instance, the pairing of cousin Gunther and Goliath, the Prussian spy (two minor characters) with whom Silvine (another minor character) had a son. If we consider the synecdoche making the individual stand for the whole species, one can easily deduce the nations’ kinship from the characters’, and Serres can rightly remark: “Let’s leave .

The feminization of men was inscribed within that process and, therefore, did not provide the stable basis of radical otherness. Feminization, then, did not constitute a radical change in ontological categories so much as a regressive change in degree, which places it closer to Laqueur’s older one-sex model. Male homosexuality, for instance, was thought to come in a wide array Degeneracy and Inversion S 23 of levels, degrees, and intermediate stages within a process of negative development. The distinction is crucial, for the figure of the male homosexual in the rhetoric that medicalized him did not yet represent a separate and autonomous Other, but rather Otherness as becoming.

Qu’on lise le roman avec soin, on verra que chaque chapitre est l’étude d’un cas curieux de physiologie. En un mot, je n’ai eu qu’un désir: . . noter scrupuleusement les sensations et les actes de ces êtres. J’ai simplement fait sur deux corps vivants le travail analytique que les chirurgiens font sur les cadavres. (Oeuvres complètes, vol. 1, 520)] Later in his career, Zola further developed his theories in a longer essay entitled Le roman expérimental (The Experimental Novel), in which he systematized the idea that the novel should adopt the scientific method of modern medicine and attempt to cure society of its various ills.

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