The Body of This Death: Historicity and Sociality in the Time of AIDS

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Examining the AIDS pandemic and Japanese A-bomb literature, this book asks the question of how the experience of unimaginable and unrepresentable loss affects the experience and constitution of the social and the discourses of history.

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-I have, quite simply, not read this kind of writing in which historical trauma and the limits of linguistic representation are probed in just this way. Haver's work moves from literary criticism to a theory of the social. He suggests that what is most historically remarkable about unthinkable loss is precisely what eludes and yet structures what can be thought.---Judith Butler, University of California, Berkeley

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William Haver is Associate Professor of History at Binghamton University

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