Viral Dramaturgies

HIV and AIDS in Performance in the Twenty-First Century

  • Alyson Campbell
  • Dirk Gindt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Women’s Voices and Experiences

  4. Generations, Memories and Temporalities

  5. Inter/national Narratives

  6. Artistic and Personal Reflections and Interventions

  7. Coda

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 405-417

About this book


This book analyses the impact of HIV and AIDS on performance in the twenty-first century from an international perspective. It marks a necessary reaffirmation of the productive power of performance to respond to a public and political health crisis and act as a mode of resistance to cultural amnesia, discrimination and stigmatisation. It sets out a number of challenges and contexts for HIV and AIDS performance in the twenty-first century, including: the financial interests of the pharmaceutical industry; the unequal access to treatment and prevention technologies in the Global North and Global South; the problematic division between dominant (white, gay, urban, cis-male) and marginalised narratives of HIV; the tension between a damaging cultural amnesia and a potentially equally damaging partner ‘AIDS nostalgia’; the criminalisation of HIV non-disclosure; and, sustaining and sustained by all of these, the ongoing stigmatisation of people living with HIV.

This collection presents work from a vast range of contexts, grouped around four main areas: women’s voices and experiences; generations, memories and temporalities; inter/national narratives; and artistic and personal reflections and interventions.


HIV and AIDS in performance Contemporary drama Public health crisis Political health LGBT Studies Sexuality and performance

Editors and affiliations

  • Alyson Campbell
    • 1
  • Dirk Gindt
    • 2
  1. 1.VCAUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Culture and AestheticsStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

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