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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Lorde touches on feminist ideals when she combats the societal notion of what a woman should look like and what her body looks like post mastectomy. Lorde entwines her intelligent critique of the American medical establishment with beautiful prose about strength and self-realization. Lorde then furthered her education at Columbia University, attaining a master’s degree in library science in [2]. See all 16 reviews. 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 reduced to their looks”.

See and discover other items: How does one view a mastectomy? In this politically devastating time, I need all of the strength I can find. How am I going to do this now?

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Lorde began writing her journal entries six months after her radical mastectomy; they illustrate her process of integrating the crisis into her life, retelling her experience from detection to follow-up therapies. After working several years as a librarian, she became a professor of English-first at John Jay College and later at Hunter College.


As soon as I read the final page of this book, I wanted to start all over again The message csncer clear: Audre Lorde wrote eighteen books canver essays and poetry, for which she won numerous awards, including the American Book Award for A Burst of Light. Get to Know Us. Dec 27, Lightreads rated it it was ok Shelves: Aunt Lute Books; 2 edition April 1, Language: And she was great about the bit, when she talked about the reach to recovery ladies, and how she felt about them.

I revisited her work and this particular book when I was also diagnosed with breast cancer and was forced jounals face the painful decisions this diagnosis brings with it. I would read poems, and I would memorize them.

Lorde’s Cancer Journals are at once profound, powerful, and wrought with despair.

Audre Lorde’s upbringing and background plays a key role in understanding her perspectives and passion about feminist, civil rights, and lesbian issues. The forthrightness and ferocity with which Audre Lorde greeted every social injustice is in full force in this courageous exploration of her breast cancer and mastectomy.

Lorde’s story is partly about a woman who refused to canncer for prosthesis after her breast was removed, who believes that women don’t need to have two cancrr to be beautiful, th Post-mastectomy reflections and journal entries from the former Poet Laureate.

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Due lordf the book being written nearly 40 years ago, I would caution current breast cancer patients from reading too much into data and treatments that Lorde discusses. Jul 02, Meredith rated it it was amazing Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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. No feminist must permit this.


Every time I get close to the Mississippi now, more often in memory than not, I long for whatever it is that, from deep within her, pulls deep within me.

Not close enough to know her intimately: 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.

In describing her identity as a multitude of labels, black, lesbian, feminist mother and poet [4]Lorde seeks to intertwine her battle with cancer aurde her identity.

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Essentially, as described by Lorde, if a woman chooses to identify as a cancer survivor and then opts to use a prosthesis, she has begun to claim her altered body, and life [4]. Prosthesis’, Lorde describes her coming to terms with the results of and life after her mastectomy. Dec 16, Linda rated it it was amazing Shelves: Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Amazon Lords Find, attract, and engage customers. Only now, I know “from what” that Lorde warned silence could not protect — from fear and from death.

The last line ends with “And all the other endless ways in which we rob ourselves of ourselves I just finished this book for the freshman seminar course as a teaching assistant.