INTRODUCTION Where Does AIDS Come from?
Metaphors of Science
Two Models of Health and Disease
French Novels and the Construction of Otherness
CHAPTER 1 Degeneracy and Inversion: The Male Homosexual as Internal Other
The Discourse of Dégénérescence
Inventing the Male “Homosexual”
Literature as Medicine, or Medicine as Literature?
CHAPTER 2 Gender Indecision and Cultural Anxiety: Outing Zola
Theory and Practice of the Experimental Novel
Naturalism as Heterosexuality
Queering Napoleon III?
The Rambling Degenerate and the Instability of Authorship
CHAPTER 3 Reclaiming Disease and Infection: Jean Genet and the Politics of the Border
Disease, Vermin, and Abjection
Crossing Metaphorical Borders, or Contaminating Language
What AIDS Criticism? 96
Constructing the AIDS Sufferer
CHAPTER 5 AIDS and the Unraveling of Modernity: The Example of Hervé Guibert
Returning the Doctor’s Gaze
The Diseased Subject
The Discourse of Disease and the Disease of Discourse
Gossip, Rumors, and the Margins of Modernity
CONCLUSION French Universalism and the Question of Community