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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Customers who bought this item also bought. This book is an honest account by one of my hero’s about her battle with breast cancer and it features passages from her own journal. No eBook available Amazon. So glad I picked this up. I lov I was interviewing for a summer day camp counselor job in college and just finished reading this book. Aunt Lute Books- Literary Criticism – 77 pages. Essentially, cancdr described by Lorde, if a woman chooses to identify as a cancer survivor and then opts to lords a prosthesis, she has begun to claim her altered body, and life [4].

This is gorgeous, unsurprisingly.

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Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Other quick insight to develop into a review essay — My favorite Audre Lorde quotations appear in from these journals. There are women who, to me, are also that river — runnin alongside my life, pullin me in. Audre was really that Black warrior feminist dyke. Her parents were both Caribbean immigrants, and she grew up with two older sisters, Phyllis and Helen [1]. Currently re-reading this because I needed a little more undauntable audre in my life right now.

It consists of three parts with pieces from journal entries and essays written between and [2].


She chronicles her battles with cancer and her body. And made love to myself, endlessly and repetitively, until it was no longer tentative.

Dudley Randall, a poet and critic, asserted in his review of the book that Lorde “does not wave a black flag, but her blackness is there, implicit, in the bone. And why we have made the difficult choice to talk about it. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

The Cancer Journals record a new way for women to face ill-health

If you have someone in your life facing breast cancer, buy them this book. Aunt Lute’s special hardcover edition of The Cancer Journals gathers together twelve such tributes as well as a series of six photographs journaos of Lorde by photographer Jean Weisinger. But it also bothered me on a fundamental level, which I finally identified as the same place that will never be able to align itself with traditional feminism.

Certainly, the jlurnals should be considered in the context of her time. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I lotde to explain all of this in my interview, ending with Lorde’s words that she was a “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet. Dec 14, Allison rated it liked it Shelves: I am reminded by how much I appreciate Audre’s voice and her vision and the importance of expressing physical, emotional and psychic pain. Read more Read less.

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They are inseparable from each other. I have the original version of this book, not the new lode with the tributes, so I’m writing this here so that I have it later: May Learn how and when to remove this template message.

It is not an incidental or reactive position; in Cancer Journals, Lorde explains the feminist rationale behind it. I was interviewing for a summer day camp counselor job in college and just finished reading this book. Lorde works to challenge the notion of femininity in cancer survivors.


Does sickness, with its attendant infirmity, its gloomy shadow over the intellectual, represent feminist defeat? Hell, for most of my life I’ve lived within 70 uournals of that river. Judging by the looks on their faces, I don’t think a lot of the other candidates brought up race, gender or sexual orientation. I believe I even had a better understanding of women after reading this book.

It is an examines the journey Lorde takes to integrate her experience with cancer into her identity [4]. As soon as I read the final page of this book, I wanted to start all over again The violence is not limited to the excision; beyond the fog of pain lie the expectations of a culture that wants, even demands, that women look a certain way.

How does one view a mastectomy? Other early poems were published in many different journals, many of them under the pseudonym Rey Domini.

Showing of 16 reviews. The author stresses the importance of finding a healthcare provider cancef uses the patient’s words and feelings to facilitating reaching a diagnosis.

She explains that although it is a womans choice as to whether or not she wants to wear a breast prosthesisthe options seems like “a cover-up in a society where women are solely judged by and caancer to their looks”. And why was I being force-fed reconstructive surgery?