Foucault's asceticism and the subject of AIDS

dc.contributor.advisorCvetkovich, Ann, 1957-en
dc.creatorAyres, Jonathan Peteren
dc.date.accessioned2008-08-28T21:22:31Zen
dc.date.available2008-08-28T21:22:31Zen
dc.date.issued2003en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractAlthough Foucault elaborated upon the socio-political possibilities he associated with a “homosexual ascesis” in several other interviews and writings, his death from AIDS in 1984 kept him from continuing to speak about this his final project. My dissertation, Foucault’s Asceticism and the Subject of AIDS, will argue for the contemporary significance of Foucault’s call for a “homosexual ascesis” by placing Foucault’s last work on the genealogy of asceticism into direct dialogue with three of his intellectual and artistic peers: Derek Jarman, Herve Guibert and David Wojnarowicz. Like Foucault, all three men died of AIDS; unlike him, they left us a prolific literary and visual documentation of their experience with the disease. Drawing upon Foucault’s historical-theoretical discussions of asceticism to identify interpretive topoi for reading these AIDS self-writings, my goal in this dissertation is twofold: 1) to reveal the specificity of Foucault’s transvaluation of asceticism and in doing so, to contribute to the work of current scholars who seek to refine and extend our grasp of Foucault’s late theories of subjectivity; and 2) to argue for the important place Foucault’s “asceticism” must have within our ongoing attempts at understanding how AIDS has impacted the formation of homosexual subjectivities and cultures.
dc.description.departmentEnglishen
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.identifierb56717283en
dc.identifier.oclc55964886en
dc.identifier.proqst3116255en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/445en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subject.lcshFoucault, Michel,--1926-1984--Criticism and interpretationen
dc.subject.lcshAsceticism in literatureen
dc.subject.lcshAIDS (Disease) in literatureen
dc.titleFoucault's asceticism and the subject of AIDSen
dc.type.genreThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentEnglishen
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen

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