Bringing revolutionary queer women, women of color, and underrepresented voices to the forefront of literature since Audre Lorde’s courageous account of her breast cancer defies how women are expected to deal with sickness, accepting pain and a. Moving between journal entry, memoir, and exposition, Audre Lorde fuses the personal and political as she reflects on her experience coping with breast cancer.

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The Cancer Journals – Audre Lorde – Google Books

I have the original version of this book, not the new edition with the tributes, so I’m writing this here so that I have it later: The second chapter, ‘Breast Cancer: Some of the other good bits in the book were: Though less image-resilient than ZamiThe Cancer Journals are an important glance into the life of one of the United States’ greatest poets, activists, and scholars.

Her cancer battle serves as a catalyst for much of her work, and is thus an important aspect in understanding the bigger picture of The Cancer Journals. The interview for the job was terrible; three typical, bubbly camp counselor types asking the worst questions.

But my daughter said, ‘Tell them about how you’re never really a whole person if you remain silent, because there’s always that one little piece inside of you that wants to be spoken out, and if you keep ignoring it, it gets madder and madder and hotter and hotter and if you don’t speak it out one day it will just up and punch you in the mouth.

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It deals with her struggle with breast cancer and relates it to her strong advocacy and identity in certain social issues such as lesbian, civil rights, and feminist issues. The Cancer Journals is a book of non-fiction by Audre Lorde.

Audre was really that Black warrior feminist dyke. The struggle to resist being labeled into a medical stereotype e. It is not an incidental or reactive position; in Cancer Journals, Lorde explains the feminist rationale behind it. Some of her most famous poetic works include: Then as now, it is other women who are selected to deliver the news regarding the requirements of conformity and compromise.

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Once I accept the existence of dying as a life process, who can ever have power over me again? A Burst of Light: We have made great strides in cure.

Prosthesis’, Lorde describes her coming to terms with the results of and life after her mastectomy. During this time, she was politically active in civil rights, anti-war, and feminist movements. Though the main theme centers around breast cancer and mastectomy, please, if you are a feminist cancfr not shy away from this book.

The other part is teaching. I am not only a casualty, I am also a warrior. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. In this work, Lorde pushes the idea of uniting these groups by finding common ground in their trials and tribulations. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Journalw time I get close to the Mississippi aude, more often in memory than not, I long for whatever it is that, from deep within her, pulls deep within me.

Lorde was State Poet of New York from to Her diagnosis comes months after an initial cancer scare and a lump that proves after a harrowing period of waiting and wondering to be benign.

This page was last edited on 23 Decemberat Aunt Lute Books- Literary Criticism – 77 journasl. Lorde first came to critical attention with her poetry. In the third chapter, ‘Breast Cancer: Wiggins rated jourals really liked it Recommends it for: Other poems express a daughter’s anger toward her mother; still others eschew anger for affirmation and inspiration, which are represented as coming from lesbian love and traditional African myths because, as Lorde has said, “the master’s tools will not dismantle the master’s house.

Includes photos and tributes to Lorde written after her death in Fans of Lorde’s other writings will appreciate this intimate glimpse into her feelings and life experiences. Lorde was the recipient of several grantsfrom the National Endowment for the Arts in and and from the Creative Artists Public Service in as well as the Borough of Manhattan President’s Award for Literary Excellence in And yep, she’s absolutely right, and her stories of the chilly response she received from her own doctor, who told her to wear a falsey because she might make the clinic look bad, really pissed me off.


Only now, I know “from what” that Lorde warned silence could not protect — from fear and from death. There is one incident in the book where she is asked to wear the filled up bra otherwise she could bring down the moral of the people in the office — WTF!!! The last line ends with “And all the other endless ways in which we rob ourselves of ourselves and each other.

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This is her true value to society, as an ornament and gaze-able loree. I know that sounds a little cliche, but it was incredible to know the thoughts and feelings of one of the most influential queer writers of my time.

Cosseted in prosthesis, literal or figurative, she argues, women are kept from confronting loss, of breasts or of formerly healthy selves.

How Cancer Becomes Us. Post-mastectomy reflections and journal entries from the former Poet Laureate. The forthrightness and ferocity with which Audre Lorde greeted every social injustice is in full force in this courageous exploration of her breast cancer and mastectomy.

I thought the first half of this book was a bit slow with her journal entries, but I absolutely loved the second part. The author stresses the importance of finding a healthcare jourmals who uses the patient’s words and feelings to facilitating reaching a diagnosis.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Although Lorde speaks specifically in terms of a women’s experiences with cancer and fighting against societal perceptions of womenI found that this book can provide supportive and empowering insight for anyone dealing with disease and physical malady.