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Viral Dramaturgies

HIV and AIDS in Performance in the Twenty-First Century

Editors: Campbell, Alyson, Gindt, Dirk (Eds.)

  • Offers an international perspective on how HIV and AIDS has affected twenty-first century performance
  • Brings together a variety of voices to provide an astonishing range of contexts and perspectives
  • Shows how performance can respond and intervene in a public and political health crisis
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About this book

This book analyses the impact of HIV and AIDS on performance in the twenty-first century from an international perspective. It marks a necessary reaffirmation of the productive power of performance to respond to a public and political health crisis and act as a mode of resistance to cultural amnesia, discrimination and stigmatisation. It sets out a number of challenges and contexts for HIV and AIDS performance in the twenty-first century, including: the financial interests of the pharmaceutical industry; the unequal access to treatment and prevention technologies in the Global North and Global South; the problematic division between dominant (white, gay, urban, cis-male) and marginalised narratives of HIV; the tension between a damaging cultural amnesia and a potentially equally damaging partner ‘AIDS nostalgia’; the criminalisation of HIV non-disclosure; and, sustaining and sustained by all of these, the ongoing stigmatisation of people living with HIV.

This collection presents work from a vast range of contexts, grouped around four main areas: women’s voices and experiences; generations, memories and temporalities; inter/national narratives; and artistic and personal reflections and interventions.

About the authors

Alyson Campbell is Associate Professor in Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia, and is a theatre director and dramaturg.

Dirk Gindt is Associate Professor in the Department of Culture and Aesthetics at Stockholm University, Sweden, and has a PhD in Theatre Studies.

Reviews

“In an age dominated by reactionism as well as forgetting, Viral Dramaturgies energetically looks to the drama and action of performance to cut through the resistances to facing HIV and AIDS as continuing global health crises connected to past activisms. Including articles addressing theatre, performance, and performative cultures of 'viral dramaturgy' in a huge range of countries (Canada to Australia; Tanzania to the US to Papua New Guinea) and elaborating a variety of theoretical approaches linking historical to present-day practices, the book is also a paradigm for understanding the historical and global reach of performance cultures, AIDS and HIV, and the social precarity that results in differential suffering in relation to the virus. This book matters.” (Amelia Jones, Robert A. Day Professor of Art and Design, Vice Dean of Critical Studies, USC Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California, USA)

“Viral Dramaturgies offers vital discussion of performance and the global epidemic of HIV infections. Emphasizing research interventions in current and often-neglected subfields, this collection showcases new perspectives on issues such as women’s experiences, criminalization and stigmatization, and historiography within and across national boundaries. The volume expresses new relationships among content (AIDS discourse) and form (networks produced through empirical and discursive HIV interventions). It opens necessary transnational conversations through collaboratively authored works and a variety of scholarly formats to think about how HIV, AIDS, and performance continue to matter.” (Sean Metzger, President of Performance Studies international, and Associate Professor, UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, USA)

“This important new book reminds us that conversations around HIV and AIDS are far from over. The editors have assembled voices from around the world, to highlight the crucial role theatre, performance and artistic practices play in producing new knowledge and feeling, while foregrounding the impact of cultural diversity and economic disparity on treatment and understanding. The book will be essential reading for those interested in the cultural politics of HIV and AIDS, performance and health and socially engaged theatre.” (Fintan Walsh, Reader in Theatre and Performance, Birkbeck, University of London, UK)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Viral Dramaturgies: HIV and AIDS in Performance in the Twenty-First Century

    Campbell, Alyson (et al.)

    Pages 3-46

  • GL RY: A (W)hole Lot of Woman Trouble. HIV Dramaturgies and Feral Pedagogies

    Campbell, Alyson

    Pages 49-67

  • Staging Decriminalisation: Sex Worker Performance and HIV

    Jeffreys, Elena (et al.)

    Pages 69-90

  • ‘The Press/Supress/Our Stories of Happiness/They Choose to Define Us/As “Suffering Headliners”’: Theatre-Making with Women Living with HIV

    Low, Katharine (et al.)

    Pages 91-110

  • ‘Still (Mighty) Real’: HIV and AIDS, Queer Public Memories, and the Intergenerational Drag Hail

    Dickinson, Peter

    Pages 113-131

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-70317-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-70316-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Viral Dramaturgies
Book Subtitle
HIV and AIDS in Performance in the Twenty-First Century
Editors
  • Alyson Campbell
  • Dirk Gindt
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-70317-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-70317-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-70316-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 417
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 23 illustrations in colour
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