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

One of my favorite quotes: Understanding the early developments of her life and her journey to writing poetry, leads to a better understanding of her work on The Cancer Journals and its significance.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Includes photos and tributes to Lorde written after her death in Yet knowing all that didn’t prepare me for her powerful intelligence, her amazing philosophical insight into modern society, her spirituality and honesty. This chapter centers around her decision not to wear a prosthesis after her double mastectomy.

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!!! Feb 21, Nicholas I.


The Cancer Journals

Audre came to a powerful conclusion when she wrote: I believe I even had a better understanding of women after reading this journale. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. An Unnatural History of Family and Place.

Lorde helped me get past the grief of that loss. Moving between journal entry, memoir, and exposition, Audre Lorde fuses the personal and political as she reflects on her experience coping with breast cancer and a radical mastectomy. 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.

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. Views Read Edit View history.

The Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde

Not next to her, mind you — I’ve never lived in a river town. The author prromotes those seeking medical care to resist having their voice silenced. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Her courageous account of her struggle with breast cancer and the mastectomy that she underwent is movingly chronicled in “The Cancer Journals”her first major prose publication.

Audre was a black lesbian poet from America who was diagnosed with a malignant form of breast cancer in around which was the year I was born. It’s clear that Lorde was moved to anger by the medical industry, in its concentration on cures and cosmetics. Lorde even finds a way of theorizing about the way women’s bodies, in particular women’s breast and hair, are made into the “containers” of femininity in American culture such that to lose them, women are made to feel inadequate.


And some of them were women I didn’t even like! Share your thoughts with other customers. During this time, she was politically active in civil rights, anti-war, and feminist movements. The second chapter, ‘Breast Cancer: Lorde then quit her job as head librarian at a school in New York City in order to devote her time to teaching and writing.

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

Jun 21, Shirleen R rated it it was amazing Shelves: Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Does sickness, with its attendant infirmity, its gloomy shadow over the intellectual, represent feminist defeat?

Her first poem was published by Seventeen magazine when she was still in high school [3].