2. Dallas Buyers Club, dir. by Jean-Marc Vallée (2013), DVD.
3. In The Already Dead: The New Time of Politics, Culture and Illness (Durham: Duke U P, 2012), Eric Cazdyn argues that we are living in an age when the idea of a cure for terminal illness has been replaced by a “chronic mode, a mode of time that cares little for terminality or acuteness […]. If the system cannot be reformed (the cancer eradicated), then the new chronic mode insists on maintaining the system and perpetually managing its constitutive crises, rather than confronting even a hint of the terminal” (5).
4. Humoralism in HIV autopathographies is by definition contextual. Given the global impact of HIV infection, my argument is reinforced by key examples from the French tradition and enhanced with reference to a number of relevant American cultural and medical practices.
5. Hervé Guibert, À l'ami qui ne m'a pas sauvé la vie (Paris: Gallimard, 1993).
6. David Caron, AIDS in French Culture: Social Ills, Literary Cures (Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 2001); Ed Cohen, A Body Worth Defending: Immunity, Biopolitics and the Apotheosis of the Modern Body (Durham: Duke U P, 2009).
7. Philippe Ariès, Western Attitudes toward Death: From the Middle Ages to the Present, Patricia M. Ranum, trans. (Baltimore: John Hopkins U P, 1974).
8. Michel Foucault, Dits et écrits, 1976-1988 (Paris: Gallimard, 2001), 50.
9. My reference to Baudrillard in this context is purely medical. Baudrillard's writings on HIV in the 1980s were characterised by rabid homophobia, which earned him inclusion on Act Up's “black list.”
10. Jean Baudrillard, La transparence du mal: Essai sur les phénomènes extrêmes (Paris: Galilée, 1990), 71.