Aids and its metaphors is a 1989 work of critical theory by susan sontag in this companion book to her illness as metaphor sontag extends her arguments about the metaphors attributed to cancer to the aids crisis sontag explores how attitudes to disease are formed in society and attempts to deconstruct them. In late 1986 president reagan pronounced aids to be spreading insidiously through the length and breadth of our society 6 but while it is the pretext for expressing dark intimations about the body politic aids has yet to seem credible as a political metaphor for internal enemies even in france where aids in french le sida was quickly added to the store of political invective. In this edition in the final chapter about aids and its metaphors sontag writes that shed written the first part of the book all but the aids chapter while a cancer patient and in response to reactions she saw in fellow patients she saw guilt and shame and she saw these as impediments to peoples treatments. Susan sontags purpose in aids and its metaphors is to show how the way we talk and think about aids makes the disease even worse than it actually is the metaphorical packaging of aids she
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