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 record a new way for women to face ill-health

Growing up in Depression Era New York City, Lorde struggled to find her voice and turned to poetry and writing to express herself [1]. Pages with related products. As soon as I read the final page of this book, I wanted to start all over again Lorde works to challenge the notion of femininity in cancer survivors.

Jun 14, Keigh-Cee rated it it was nournals. In this, a head-on, one-breasted confrontation with societal expectation, Lorde reveals the nobility and worth of strength that is tested.

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Only now, Lordw know “from what” that Lorde warned silence could not protect — from fear and from death. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

Jul 02, Meredith rated it it was amazing Shelves: The message is clear: During this time, she was politically active in civil rights, anti-war, and feminist movements.

It is not so the second time, and agonising days are spent in the hospital between the biopsy that bears the bad news and the mastectomy that lorre her right breast. Audre wrote a researched book about the cancer industry in which she also calls herself a connoisseur of women’s breasts. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?


Ironically, the author’s voice is potentially silenced by antagonistic socially constructed stereotypes. I am not only a casualty, I am also a warrior. So glad I picked this up.

Audre Lorde really hits the nail on the head when she writes: In this politically devastating time, I need all of the strength I can find. Her words explain the spirit of the book better than I ever could: Death and the King’s Horseman: Though the main theme centers around breast cancer and mastectomy, please, if you are a feminist do not shy away from this book. Topics Books Books of defiance. The message is clear: Apart from the story Lorde tells in her book, it is also essential to understand her experience with cancer apart from the literary work.

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. This is a hard text, and the reason why I say this is because it truly is an unswerving example of practicing what you preach, what you say you believe in, and challenging others on their uncritical assumptions and givens.

This book also changed my ideas on breast cancer. Thank you for a timely delivery and a nice copy of the book. She assesses the risks of misunderstanding or even ridicule against the comfort of silence [6].

It reaffirmed some things I thought or guessed at and it inspired and gave me a feeling of unity with my fellow womankind. Audre writes in a parenthetical, ” I have journls permanent and jouurnals weakness for women with flowers in their hair. I am using this as a piece for my master’s paper because lorde’s voice is actually one of few who journala detail speaks of her exeprience not only with cancer, but the medical establishment, her breasts, her love of and community of women, and her mood.

I wish I was alive for more of her life. Starting with an excerpt from her previous poetic work The Black UnicornLorde calls on the reader to abolish silence and speak out. How Cancer Becomes Us.


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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 act of self-revelation and that always seems fraught with danger.

Judging by the looks on their faces, I don’t think a lot of the other candidates brought up race, gender or sexual orientation. Books by Audre Lorde.

It consists of three parts with pieces from journal entries and essays written between and [2]. I just finished this book for the freshman seminar course as a teaching assistant. Lorde entwines her intelligent critique of the American medical establishment czncer beautiful prose about strength and self-realization. She was known to describe herself as African-American, black, dyke, feminist, poet, mother, etc.

Lorde looks at her battle with breast cancer, and lordw how both she and those around her dealt with her diagnosis and surgery. The Cancer Journals is a book of non-fiction by poet and activist Audre Lorde. Again, I am so interested in the various permutations of enforced silences, how clearly she articulates these silences.

PaperbackSpecial Editionpages. Showing of 16 reviews. No one who has not lived the experience of looking in the mirror and seeing one breast can understand how difficult this decision has become for women.