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 begun in 1981, it has characterised AIDS as an apocalyptic plague: a punishment for sin and an indication of the tip of the area. Christian fundamentalists had already configured the homosexual male inhabitants such a lot visibly suffering from AIDS as apocalyptic signifiers or symptoms of the "end times." Their discourse grew out of a centuries-old American apocalypticism that incorporated photos of concern, destruction, and supreme renewal. during this ebook, Thomas L. lengthy examines the ways that homosexual and AIDS activists, artists, writers, scientists, and reporters appropriated this apocalyptic rhetoric to be able to mobilize awareness to the clinical hindrance, hinder the unfold of the disorder, and deal with the HIV infected.
utilizing the analytical instruments of literary research, cultural stories, functionality thought, and social semiotics, AIDS and American Apocalypticism examines many forms of discourse, together with fiction, drama, functionality paintings, demonstration images and brochures, biomedical courses, and journalism and exhibits that, whereas in the beginning precious, 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 firms ACT UP and Lesbian Avengers.
"Beyond being a big examine the impact of religiously encouraged rhetoric on LGBT lives, this publication can be a powerful documentation of queer responses to HIV/AIDS within the Eighties and 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 demanding 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 smart and definitely aid one take into consideration the works in clean and illuminating ways." — Paul S. Boyer, Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford better half to usa History
"This booklet is remarkable 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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35 Composing an American apocalyptic genealogy fulﬁlls two functions: to identify the ideological and discursive headwaters of today’s millennialism and to suggest afﬁnities between past and current deployment of those ﬂuid beliefs and languages, in particular the conﬂation of apocalyptic desires, sexual anxieties, and contagion. One might trace such ancestors beginning with the ﬁrst European colonization of the Americas. 38 Earnest Cassara argues that the New England Puritans exercised a cultural dominance that persists in some vestiges today, particularly in many Americans’ belief in their divinely ordained mission.
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AIDS And American Apocalypticism: The Cultural Semiotics Of An Epidemic by Thomas L. Long