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Will the "fight" ever end? : a critical reading of the metaphors and discourses that construct HIV/AIDS in an African context

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dc.contributor.author Comfort, Laura. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-01T19:30:25Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-01T19:30:25Z
dc.date.issued 2009-06-01T19:30:25Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10464/1497
dc.description.abstract In this thesis, I critically examine the discourses that inform how we conceptualise HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa as they are produced in a sample of Canadian news articles, two nonfiction texts - Stephanie Nolen's 28 Stories of AIDS in Africa and Jonathan Morgan and the Bambanani Women's Group's Long Life ... Positive HIV Stories - as well as two literary texts - John Le Carre's popular fiction novel The Constant Gardener and an anthology of stories and poems from Southern Africa titled Nobody Ever Said AIDS, compiled and edited by Nobantu Rasebotsa, Meg Samuelson and Kylie Thomas. Paying particular attention to the role of metaphor in discursive formation, I have found that military metaphors, usually used in conjunction with biomedical discourses, continue to dominate what is said about HIV/AIDS. However, the use of military metaphors to conceptualise HIV/AIDS contributes to stigma and limits the effectiveness of responses to the pandemic. I argue that accessing alternative metaphors and discourses, such as biopsychosocial discourse, can lead to a more layered - and more beneficial - conceptualisation of HIV/AIDS, encouraging a more active response to the pandemic. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brock University en_US
dc.subject AIDS (Disease) in literature. en_US
dc.subject AIDS (Disease) en_US
dc.subject HIV infections en_US
dc.subject Literature and society en_US
dc.subject AIDS (Disease) and mass media en_US
dc.title Will the "fight" ever end? : a critical reading of the metaphors and discourses that construct HIV/AIDS in an African context en_US
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.contributor.department Department of English en_US
dc.degree.discipline Faculty of Humanities en_US


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