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ERIC Number: ED311509
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May-26
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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Death in Miami: AIDS, Gender, and Representation.
In "God's Work," an episode of the "Miami Vice" television series in which a gay character comes home to reunite with a childhood friend and ex-lover who is dying of AIDS, the show is at odds with itself over the issue of sexuality and AIDS. At one level, that of the "coming-out" story of the main character, it presents the gay character in a positive light, and sets him up for a positive reception through a number of narrative and gender-related codes. In contrast, through its use of production related codes, it presents his relationship as incomplete, and his sexuality as a prison, with the final moral message being that the price of virtue is solitude. These same production codes present persons with AIDS as being stigmatized aliens who cannot be approached closer than at arm's length, while at the same time arguing through the narrative for sympathy and understanding for persons with AIDS. (Seventeen references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A