Counterpublicity and corporeality in HIV/AIDS zines

Daniel Brouwer

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This essay demonstrates how two U.S. zines produced from 1990 to 1999 by and for gay men with HIV/AIDS-Diseased Pariah News (DPN) and Infected Faggot Perspectives (IFP)-constitute counterpublics. I demonstrate how DPN and IFP constitute counterpublics through thematization of two important forms of difference-blood status (HIV-positive or HIV-negative), and political ideology. I then specify and elaborate primary modes of corporeal expressivity in the zines-the erotic/sexual and the grotesque-to demonstrate the work that each mode does for the counterpublics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-371
Number of pages21
JournalCritical Studies in Media Communication
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005


  • Corporeal
  • Counterpublic
  • Erotic
  • Grotesque
  • HIV/AIDs
  • Zines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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