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|Atlas of AIDS : culture, circulation and AIDS in Latin America|
|Author||Galindo, Alberto S|
|Summary||The beginnings of Atlas of AIDS: Culture, Circulation and AIDS in Latin America propose that AIDS can work as a network between major cities. The project seeks to address the relation between suchcities---New York, San Juan, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo---and the production of culture in the Americas throughout the 1990s by means of four Latin American writers with AIDS. It suggests that these writers'texts and poetics contribute to an ongoing debate about culture and politics in its complex interaction with the changing development of AIDS.|
The first chapter discusses the work of Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990) and the city of New York, thinking of this city as a very important enclave for Latin American culture. It also poses questions about citizenship and migration by means of this writer in exile living with HIV in the United States.
The second chapter focuses on San Juan and two Puerto Rican artists, the painter Carlos Collazo (1956-1990) and the writer Manuel Ramos Otero (1948-1990). This section traces the possible counterpoint between history and fiction after contracting the virus.
The third chapter studies the artwork of Argentinean painter Guillermo Kuitca as a way of using maps to read the circulation of AIDS throughout urban spaces in relation to the work of Argentinean writer Nester Perlongher (1949-1992). This study of Perlongher allows a comparison between Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo while discussing issues of language, traveling, and sexuality.
The fourth chapter questions different ways of narrating the fear and paranoia of possibly contracting AIDS, mainly through the medical memoir Estacao Carandiru (1999) by Drauzio Varella and the published letters of Brazilian writer Caio Fernando Abreu (1948-1996). The letters outline the changes of AIDS and eventually incorporate the writer's own experience with AIDS, blurring the line between the public and the private spheres.
This Atlas of AIDS also puts forward that these writers were already generating ideas about AIDS in the intellectual arena that would eventually become central to the history and tradition of AIDS in the cities of Latin America.
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