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Building a Community of Affects: A Cartography of HIV/AIDS Narratives in Latin America (1982-2018)

Vargas Vargas, Gustavo Alonso (2020) Building a Community of Affects: A Cartography of HIV/AIDS Narratives in Latin America (1982-2018). Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This dissertation examines a corpus of novels, testimonies, letters, and poetry written by LGBTQ writers and activists (i.e. Néstor Perlongher, Caio Fernando Abreu, Herbert Daniel, Pedro Lemebel, Luís Capucho and Pablo Pérez) during the onset and development of the AIDS epidemic. Acknowledging the rich heterogeneity of AIDS writing in Latin America, my dissertation demonstrates how these narratives serve as a generative space to understand key social and medical aspects of the epidemic in the region. AIDS narratives are not solely literary texts, but an archive of memories that resists today’s tendency of erasing the traumas and struggles of the past. Although the development of the virus was a permanent wound for many queer people worldwide—it also articulated the creation of communities of solidarity and resilience. In many of the analyzed works, there are configurations of queer kinship; that is, the establishment of alternative emotional attachments when medical and emotional care was provided by friends, lovers and strangers. The narratives also shed light on the ambivalent relationship between infected gay men and a repressive medical apparatus that displayed stigma and biases in the control of the epidemic. In addition, this project delves into an analysis of innovative conceptions of temporality in the context of an illness that caused a major disruption in the teleological perception of the time, life, and death.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Vargas Vargas, Gustavo Alonsogav11@pitt.edugav11
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBalderston, Danieldbalder@pitt.edudbalder
Committee MemberDuchesne Winter, Juanduchesne@pitt.eduduchesne
Committee MemberTenorio, Daviddmt74@pitt.edudmt74
Committee MemberGarcía,
Date: 28 May 2020
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 1 April 2020
Approval Date: 28 May 2020
Submission Date: 22 May 2020
Access Restriction: 2 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 2 years.
Number of Pages: 234
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Hispanic Languages and Literatures
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gay Literature, HIV/AIDS, Queer Studies, Medical Humanities
Date Deposited: 28 May 2020 16:23
Last Modified: 28 May 2022 05:15


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