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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

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(p.67) Three Postmortem Politics
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Evidence of Being
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Darius Bost

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226589961.003.0004

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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