ACT-UP: For what reasons did it form? What was its structure and mode of action? How did it succeed or fail? What criticisms were made of it (from outside and from within)? What affects and values does it share with any of the queer theories we have read?

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The AIDS crisis and the birth of queer theory

You will write a 500-word essay on the ways in which you see AIDS setting the conditions for the development of Queer Theories. This is a topic we’ve discussed in class several times. The essay can draw on any sources you like, but obviously it should draw on the film. It is to be a speculative essay, your own ideas about how politics, economics, health, and other factors affect intellectual life.

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