by David Caron
University of Wisconsin Press, 2001
eISBN: 978-0-299-17293-0 | Cloth: 978-0-299-17290-9 | Paper: 978-0-299-17294-7
Library of Congress Classification RA643.86.F7C37 2001
Dewey Decimal Classification 362.196979200944


The deluge of metaphors triggered in 1981 in France by the first public reports of what would turn out to be the AIDS epidemic spread with far greater speed and efficiency than the virus itself. To understand why it took France so long to react to the AIDS crisis, AIDS in French Culture analyzes the intersections of three discourses—the literary, the medical, and the political—and traces the origin of French attitudes about AIDS back to nineteenth-century anxieties about nationhood, masculinity, and sexuality.

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