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Title:"I'm Not Dead Yet": Gay Male Narratives in the Age of AIDS
Author(s):Howley, James Anthony
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Denzin, Norman K.
Department / Program:Sociology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Language, Rhetoric and Composition
Abstract:For the purposes of this dissertation, I began my study by narrowing the focus to the years between and including 1985 to 1994, a seemingly arbitrary decision, though one which, upon reflection, makes sense to me. Few works existed prior to 1985 on the topic of AIDS and thus earlier works were less available and less significant in terms of reaching a larger audience. In addition, 1985 is a historically significant year in the history of AIDS: Rock Hudson died; the Pasteur Institute filed suit against the National Institutes of Health and Dr. Gallo for allegedly misrepresenting their role in discovering the virus; the first International Conference on AIDS was held; HTVL-III antibody test is approved and licensed; Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart if performed in New York City (see Shilts 1987). Albert (1989) presents 1985 as the year of "Rock Hudson and the heterosexual threat"; he claims: "Portrayed as a threat to the population-at-large, AIDS seemed to undergo a change. Increasingly, it appeared as a disease of the 'normal' rather than merely of the deviant" (49).
Issue Date:1998
Description:186 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9904483
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:1998

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