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Evidence of BeingThe Black Gay Cultural Renaissance and the Politics of Violence$
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Darius Bost

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226589794

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226589961.001.0001

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Postmortem Politics

Postmortem Politics

The Other Countries Collective and Black Gay Mourning

(p.67) Three Postmortem Politics
Evidence of Being

Darius Bost

University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on the history and cultural production of Other Countries Collective, an NYC-based writers’ group. It argues that the devastating impact of AIDS in black gay communities in New York City in the late 1980s and early 1990s produced a historically and culturally specific form of mourning that was animated by a desire for collectivity and self-determination. It theorizes black gay mourning as a political emotion that contests the erasure of AIDS from public discourse.

Keywords:   Other Countries Collective, HIV/AIDS, New York City, mourning

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