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. Bringing revolutionary queer women, women of color, and underrepresented voices to the forefront of literature since

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A nun; the principal of my high school; a boss. Other poems express a daughter’s adre 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. I love reading such a powerful book from a feminist perspective.

But at the end of the day, it is still cancer, it is still scary as hell, and it is still my breast that cancer took from me. I just finished this book for the freshman journal course as a teaching assistant. Lists with This Book.

This book will grow you and teach you and hold you and when you get to I read this book during a friends battle with cancer, he would read passages to me and say that Lorde would tell me everything he couldn’t find the vocabulary to articulate.

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But for every real word spoken, for every attempt I had ever made to speak those truths for which I am still seeking, I had made contact with other women while we examined the words to fit a world in which we all believed, bridging our differences.

In the end, and after re-reading Lorde’s journey to help me find my own answers, I finally decided to skip the bullshit and live in my own skin, marked and scarred as it might be.

Jul 29, Jacqueline rated it it was amazing Shelves: The feminist themes that appear in The Cancer Journal have had tremendous impact on Lorde’s legacy and in those respective realms of social culture. 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.


And it made me wonder a little bit if the immediate recourse to a fake breast isn’t part of the deep, inconsolable wound that she carries to this day. Some of her most famous poetic works include: The Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde.

Audre came to a powerful conclusion when she wrote: Jun 21, Shirleen R rated it it was amazing Shelves: By embracing journalx one breast, Lorde avoids denial and persists beyond the impending victimization sick women receive [9].

A New Spelling of My Name [1] is an autobiographical novel in which Lorde delves into discovering her identity and self-awareness.

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Apart from the story Lorde tells in her book, it is journaals essential to understand her experience with cancer apart from the literary work. 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. May Learn how and when to remove this template message.

I loved it and this book was my introduction to the ineffable Mama Audre Lorde she really is like my mother so, allow. Currently re-reading this because I needed a little more undauntable audre in my life right now.

January Learn how and when to remove this template message. From inside the book. Because I am woman, because I am black, because I am lesbian, because I am myself, a black woman warrior poet doing my work, come to ask you, are you doing yours? Her parents were both Caribbean immigrants, and she grew up with two older sisters, Phyllis and Helen [1].

I wish I was alive for more of her life. I appreciate how short our span is on earth; a lesson I have learnt from his death. Judging by the looks on their faces, I don’t think a lot of the other candidates brought up race, gender or sexual orientation. Starting with an excerpt from her previous poetic work The Black UnicornLorde calls on the reader to abolish silence and speak out.


And some of them were women I didn’t even like! Certainly, the book should be considered in the context of her time.

Fieldwork Christopher John Pole Snippet view – Essays and Speeches [1]a prose work in which Lorde focuses on the importance of communication between marginalized groups in society.

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

Fans of Lorde’s other writings will appreciate this intimate glimpse into her feelings and life experiences. This page was last edited on 23 Decemberat Thanks for telling us about the problem. Lorde looks at her battle with breast cancer, jurnals details how both she and those around her dealt with her diagnosis and surgery. That speaking it profits me, beyond any other effect.

Jun 12, Eff Emm rated it it was amazing. Maybe wanting cancsr have two breasts again isn’t bowing to the misogynist pressures of a domineering society, but is a simple, healthy need to reclaim part of a lost and damaged self. It reaffirmed some things I thought or guessed at and it inspired and gave me a feeling of unity with my fellow womankind.

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, aurre pissed me off. The short book also talks about what the effect of a mastectomy is on women and especially those, like Audre, who refuse to wear what essentially amounted to a fake filled up bra to replicate the breast that was now missing or have silicone gel implants inserted.

In this, a head-on, one-breasted confrontation with societal expectation, Lorde reveals the nobility and worth of strength that is tested.