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Title: 'I don't come from the past, I come from now': AIDS and temporality in three Catalan texts
Author: Fernàndez Montolí, Josep Anton  
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Keywords: Catalan literature
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies
Citation: Fernàndez, J.A. (2012). 'I don't come from the past, I come from now': AIDS and temporality in three Catalan texts. Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, 18(2-3), 145-160. doi: 10.1080/14701847.2012.795687
Project identifier: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FFI2011-24751
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Abstract: This article analyses literary representations of HIV/AIDS in Catalan against the background of current debates in Queer Theory about sexuality and temporality, taking into account the invisibility of the disease within Catalan culture, which is symptomatic of a representational crisis. Through a psychoanalytic reading of Maria Antònia Oliver's Tallats de lluna (2000), Xavier Fernández i Gené's Del roig al vermell (1999) and Pepe Sales's Sense re, sense remei (2009), the essay raises three questions related to AIDS, sexuality, subjectivity, and temporality. Firstly, what do the temporal relations and structures in the representations of AIDS available in Catalan tell us about subjectivity with regards to finitude, contingency, and mortality? What does it mean to read literary representations of AIDS in 2012, when this very act seems an anachronism? Finally, what do these representations tell us about the nature of witnessing and its ethical implications, especially when witnessing involves speaking on somebody else's behalf? The essay argues that these texts and their marginal position within contemporary Catalan literature raise questions about the effects of the ideologies of canonicity on the representation of illness and, more specifically, the representation of HIV/AIDS. It is precisely the marginal status of these texts, the critical oblivion to which they have been subjected, that makes them appear almost as archaeological objects outside their time, as anachronistic as the gesture of discussing AIDS today. I argue, however, that such a critical gesture and its corresponding focus on temporality, mortality, and remembrance, are crucial for understanding the present condition of Catalan culture.
Language: English
ISSN: 1470-1847MIAR
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