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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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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Before reading Cander Cancer Journals, I had long inhabited their ranks. Needless to say, I didn’t get the job, but still loved the book. I do not have cancer, but I am a feminist and one diagnosed with an avalanche of overlapping autoimmune diseases.

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Aug 04, Christine rated it it was amazing. Reading this book makes me fear jourbals disease less, and know that even if the worst happens, I, too, can be a warrior, feminist, woman, mother and poet. The author lordr well to describe what has become a battle for a patient to be heard by their healthcare providers.

To ask other readers questions about The Cancer Journalsplease sign up. A thought provoking work, whether or not you agree with everything Lorde writes.

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

This short collection of essays and journal reflections points journnals the heart of cancer anxieties, particularly from a resonant Black Lesbian Warrior, whose work has inspired generations of activists to cancfr a critical change in biomedicine. When she knew she had it, it gave her a rage to live. The Bluest Eye Vintage International. One of my favorite quotes: Write a customer review. In “Zami,” Lorde focuses on her developing lesbian identity and her response to racism in the white feminist and gay communities, and to sexism and homophobia in the African American community.


Though less image-resilient than Zami lorre, The Cancer Journals are an important glance into the life of one of the United States’ greatest poets, activists, and scholars. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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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. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

Audre was really that Black warrior feminist dyke. Lorde then furthered her education at Columbia University, attaining a master’s degree in library science in [2]. This is gorgeous, unsurprisingly.

The Cancer Journals

Lorde touches on feminist ideals when she combats the societal notion of what a woman should look like and what her body lorve like post mastectomy. I loved Lorde’s words and her strength. This article may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia’s quality standards. Stonewall Book Award It is an examines the journey Lorde takes to integrate her experience with cancer into her identity [4].

It’s been a challenge to find reading material that both empowers and strengthens me, while being honest and open about the real suffering and challenges faced by people with illness and disability. Some of the other good bits in the book were: 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: I studied it as rhetoric, however to read her writing for any purpose is an indescribable experience.


Does sickness, with its attendant infirmity, its gloomy shadow over the intellectual, represent feminist defeat? 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.

Lorde then quit her job as journls librarian at a school in New York City in order to devote her time to teaching and writing. As always, I am awed by her strength and the strength she gained from other women. 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 i “And, of course, I am afraid – you can hear it in my voice – because the transformation of silence into language and action is an auxre of self-revelation and that always seems fraught with danger.

This chapter centers around her decision not to wear a prosthesis after her double mastectomy. I emerged as neither a contradiction nor an oxymoron, but a vanguard, a model, for others less brave. The struggle to resist being labeled into a medical stereotype e. The Cancer Journals touches on themes that were prominent in Lorde’s life.

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