Introduction
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The introduction to Derek Jarman's life-writing sets the scene for the first full-length study of Jarman's books. By bringing cultural history into conversation with queer theory through these books, it shows that Jarman's self-reflexive response to the HIV/AIDS crisis has been critical in changing the cultural terms of queer representation from the 1980s onwards. It reads Jarman's self-representations across his literary and visual work as a queer utopian project that places emphasis not on the polish of the finished product, but on the process of its production.

Luminous presence

Derek Jarman’s life-writing

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