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Cruising the Dead RiverDavid Wojnarowicz and New York's Ruined Waterfront$
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Fiona Anderson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226603612

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226603896.001.0001

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Rising into Ruin

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Cruising the Dead River

Fiona Anderson

University of Chicago Press

This chapter considers the impact of the HIV/AIDS crisis on the waterfront and on the queer communities who appropriated it in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Informed by David Wojnarowicz's committment to activism over memorialisation and Douglas Crimp's notion of promiscuity as a complex and valuable relational tool, I explore how the erotically and historically promiscuous practice of waterfront cruising in ruins in the pre-AIDS moment of the late 1970s emerged as a model for the production of queer memory and the experience of queer time in a hostile environment.

Keywords:   HIV/AIDS, preservation, memory, activism

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