Book Project

The Unfinished History of AIDS: Reading and Remembering the Epidemic in Twenty-First Century Gay Male Culture examines a diverse body of literary works produced in response to the AIDS crisis. The authors considered in this study — Allen Barnett, Alison Bechdel, Justin Chin, David Levithan, Susan Sontag, among others — highlight the pressures that the epidemic exerted on how gay men are able to share and transmit their stories, cultural knowledge, and historical memory across generational lines. Engaging with the rich archive of AIDS literature, we might come to accept the paradoxical conclusion that to make AIDS history, we first need to recognize that the history of AIDS is unfinished.