My NAMES Project research surrounds attitudes towards AIDS and the narrative of individuals with AIDS with a focus on literature. Literature can be used as a tool for discovering attitudes and emotions that surround a difficult topic such as AIDS. Individuals with AIDS face a scary and life-threatening reality. I wanted not only to study other people’s attitudes towards AIDS during the late 20th century, but I wanted to focus on individuals stories. As I researched the life of David Feinberg, I was only reaffirmed of the depth literature holds. As his panel held many clues to what was going to be a huge research endeavor, I had to ask myself some essential questions before I even began to research. I wanted to know what phrases such as “Spontaneous Combustion” and “Eighty-Sixed” meant. I also would then have to figure out who was David Feinberg? As the panel had little detail on it, there was the wonder on what my research endeavors would result in. Once I found out that Mr. Feinberg was an activist and an author I wanted to know what attitudes were illustrated in his publications? What emotions and stories were captured in his novels?
In only a short amount of time, I was able to find answers to my burning questions. However, it took patience and time. With each answer to a question seamlessly came more questions to be asked. I found that Mr. Feinberg used activism as a central theme in his writing. David Feinberg was an author who used his own experience with AIDS to capture the attention of many. His publications and speeches were not conventional, as he pushed a harsh reality and brought it to life in his books. Mr. Feimberg was a bold activist who never let AIDS keep him from using his voice for the greater good. It is through newspaper articles, novels by Mr. Feinberg, and the panel itself; that I was able to use secondary research to capture the life of a bold activist.
Dunlap, David W. “David Feinberg, 37, an Author Who Wrote of Life With AIDS.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 3 Nov. 1994, www.nytimes.com/1994/11/04/obituaries/david-feinberg-37-an-author-who-wrote-of-life-with-aids.html.
David W. Dunlap, New York Times Columnist, evaluated the novels of David Feinberg and also gives background on the life of Feinberg. Dunlap is able to create his article through using the novels of Feinberg as resources such as “Spontaneous Combustion” and “Eighty-Sixed” in order to construct a clear and concise article. Dunlap asserts that through being “arrested half a dozen times at demonstrations sponsored by the group to protest official indifference or hostility” (Dunlap) and through his novels that ” devastation of gay life in New York by the AIDS epidemic” that David Feinberg was a strong and passionate activist. Those compelled to read this article would be searching for information on Mr. Feinberg and a quick synopsis of his novels. This column would interest those researching AIDS or research examples of activism in the 20th century.
This source provided me with a context of the person Mr. Feinberg was and how his novels tied into the theme of activism. The source gave me the opportunity to simply learn more about Mr. Feinberg and assisted in my research of using literature as a way to illustrate the activism in Mr. Feinberg.
David B. Feinberg, Tony Kushner (Introduction), et al. “Queer and Loathing.” By David B. Feinberg, www.goodreads.com/book/show/426711.Queer_and_Loathing.
Authors David Feinberg and Tony Kushner give the reader a short introduction to the novel “Queer and Loathing”. I short analysis is offered in Tony Kushner’s introduction to David Feinberg’s book. Good Reads wants to promote the message of each book it showcases with the hope the books story, message, or theme is illustrated clearly.The audience targeted are researchers interested in prose and poetry. Poetry majors might find this source site interesting as “Queer and “Loathing” is a book made up of Feinberg’s personal poems.
This source did help me in my research endeavors. I was able to build on my knowledge of Feinberg’s novels and find a novel that was not originally depicted in the quilt and find out even more about Feinberg’s publications.
“Eighty-Sixed.” Google Books, books.google.com/books/about/Eighty_sixed.html?id=Kk8rAQAAIAAJ.
Background on the novel “Eighty-Sixed” was found on Google Books which illustrates a summary of the novel. The summary of the book is able to be illustrated by the use of the book itself to capture an accurate description of Feinberg’s novel. Google Books wants each person to walk away with basic knowledge of Feinberg’s book “Eighty-Sixed”. Students who are researching books that deal with AIDS would be a targeted audience. People who want to know more about Feinberg’s publications would be interested in this mini summary of “Eighty-SIxed”.
The Google Books summary of “Eighty-Sixed” was extremely helpful as I was conducting light research on each of Feinberg’s titles found on his panel. It was helpful in the sense that since the PSD was not a book report, I need to find a short background on each book. This resource provided me with a light summary to help me discover what “Eighty-Sixed” was all about.
Quilt, NAMES. “Exploring the Quilt .” AIDS Quilt Touch, aidsquilttouch.org/experience-quilt.
The NAMES Foundation is a nonprofit organization with the goal of spreading awareness and celebrating the life and legacies of individuals who have passed because of AIDS. The NAMES Foundation creates memorial through the AIDS quilt, which is the key centerpiece of my research. The NAMES Foundation wants to use the quilt in order to promote awareness towards AIDS and educate individuals on the importance of working towards a cure for AIDS. Many GSU students are given the opportunity to conduct their own research when it comes to the NAMEs Quilt and therefore would be an audience for going to see the Atlanta NAMES gallery in person. I find tourist would be intrigued by the NAMES Gallary as it is showcased here in the heart of Atlanta.
The gallery was basically the rock center of my research. Without the gallery, none of my research would have taken place in the first place. I am grateful to Rody and all of the staff at the NAMES Gallary for ensuring that the resources in the gallery we accessible, as the quilt itself was my guide to honoring a legacy.
Royse, David, and Barbara Brige . “Homophobia and Attitudes Towards AIDS Among Medical, Nursing and Paramedical Students .” Http://Journals.sagepub.com/Doi/Pdf/10.2466/pr0.19126.96.36.1997, University of Kentucky, 1987, journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.2466/pr0.19188.8.131.527.
Authors David Royse and Barbara Brige offer first-hand insight into attitudes towards AIDS through a medical lens. The authors collected data through a “25 item questionnaire” and by questioning “161 students” aspiring to work in the medical field. Royse and Brige want the reader to know that after the research was collected that the attitudes of homophobia towards AIDS victims were about half and half, asserting that attitudes towards AIDS in the 1980’s were not only skeptical but often times discriminatory. Students conducting dense, scholarly research would find this journal and the results telling as the authors identify a cultural shift which is a point in which research could be conducted. Many medical researchers would find the journal interesting due to the fact that we can see first hand through dense yet concise research, that our medical services and government programs were not always looking out for the best interests for AIDS victims.
The published scholarly source connects to my artifact directly, as Fienberg himself was an example of how discriminatory attitudes towards AIDS are the harsh reality for many AIDS victims. In his books, Fienberg creates stories which bring the struggle of prejudice attitudes to life. While I did not use this work explicitly for the first PSD this work would be a helpful resource going forward. as the journal and research conducted illustrates a relevant statisitically constucted attitude towards AIDS.
Wentzy, James. “David Feinberg Reading.” Vimeo, 7 Feb. 2018, vimeo.com/200391668.
A video by James Wentzy, published via Vimeo, video publisher, offers a clip of Feinberg himself reading an excerpt of “Spontaneous Combustion”. A first-hand look at Feinberg in real life is offered through this video along with one of the actual short narratives found in his book. The video posted by James Wentzy has the internet of showcasing an activist of AIDS with the goal of simply sharing a clip of a book with curious individuals. As the video is rustic, it would be intended for people who want a first-hand account of Feinberg in person, a video of him is helpful in understanding him as a person. Students, librarians, and professors studying his short stories found in “Spontaneous Combustion” would be thrilled by this video.
This video brought Feinberg to life for me and was extremely helpful in putting the finishing touches on my research. It was intriguing to put a voice to the panel of Feinberg. Feinberg was no longer just a number in a gallery, he was a person, an activist, and this video only reaffirmed that individuals honored in the NAMES gallery were once alive and thriving.