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If Memory Serves – Gay Men, AIDS, and the Promise of the Queer Past - Minnesota Scholarship Online
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If Memory Serves: Gay Men, AIDS, and the Promise of the Queer Past

Christopher Castiglia and Christopher Reed


The AIDS epidemic soured the memory of the sexual revolution and gay liberation of the 1970s, and prominent politicians, commentators, and academics instructed gay men to forget the sexual cultures of the 1970s in order to ensure a healthy future. But without memory there can be no future, argues this exploration of the struggle over gay memory that marked the decades following the onset of AIDS. Challenging many of the assumptions behind first-wave queer theory, this book offers a new perspective on the emergence of contemporary queer culture from the suppression and repression of gay memory. ... More

Keywords: AIDS, sexual revolution, gay liberation, 1970s, sexual cultures, queer theory, gay memory, gay subcultural references, Chuck & Buck, Video Remains

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816676101
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816676101.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Castiglia, author
Full professor at Penn State

Christopher Reed, author