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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Not only does she refuse to wear the prosthesis home from the hospital, she shirks it completely, refusing to be cowed even when a previously decent nurse accuses her of damaging the morale of other patients. Lorde even finds a way of theorizing about the way women’s bodies, in particular women’s breast and hair, are journald into the “containers” of femininity in American culture such that to lose them, women are made to feel inadequate.

Lorde was the recipient of several grantsfrom the National Endowment for the Arts in and and from the Creative Artists Public Service in as well as the Borough of Manhattan President’s Award for Literary Excellence in Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

Cosseted in prosthesis, literal or figurative, she argues, women are kept from confronting loss, of breasts or of formerly healthy selves.

The Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde

She chronicles her battles with cancer and her body. To ask other readers questions about The Cancer Journalsplease sign up.

This chapter describes the emotions experienced by one without any close caancer or role models through the course of diagnosis, surgery, and recovery.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Dec 16, Linda rated it it was amazing Shelves: Everyone should read it, and especially those affected by cancer. The other part is teaching. I loved Lorde’s words and her strength. The Bluest Eye Vintage International. Lorde then quit her job as head librarian at a school lode New York City in order to devote her time to teaching and writing.


You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Retrieved from ” https: Learn more about Amazon Prime. Moving between journal entry, memoir, and exposition, Cncer Lorde fuses the personal and political as she reflects on her experience coping with breast cancer and a radical mastectomy.

Audre wrote a researched book about the cancer industry in which she also calls herself a connoisseur of women’s breasts. Lists with This Book. How am I going to do this now? Not close enough to know her intimately: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

I read this book every year or so, and am constantly amazed at her ability to be honest – starkly so – even in the depths of her physical and emotional pain.

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

Fieldwork Christopher John Pole Snippet view – I revisited her work and this particular book when I was also diagnosed with breast auudre and was forced to face the painful decisions this diagnosis brings with it. Post-mastectomy reflections and journal entries from the former Poet Laureate.

This short collection of essays and journal reflections points to the heart of cancer anxieties, particularly from a resonant Black Lesbian Warrior, whose work has inspired generations of activists to undergo a critical change in biomedicine.

How am I going to do this now? No eBook available Amazon. Discover Prime Book Box for Canver. Audre came to a powerful conclusion when she wrot I remember hearing of Audre’s death sixteen years ago. I won’t type the entire paragraph out, but the message is powerful.

Apart from the story Lorde tells in her book, it is also essential to understand her experience with cancer apart from the literary work. I know that sounds a little cliche, but it was incredible to know the thoughts and feelings of one of the most influential queer writers of my time. As soon as I read the final page of this book, I wanted to start all over again She does do it, and her book radiates with rebellion, even four decades later.


Other poems express a daughter’s anger toward her cancdr still others eschew anger for affirmation and inspiration, cancdr 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.

January Learn how and when to remove this template message. Not next to her, mind you — I’ve never lived in a river town.

I remember lorxe of Audre’s death sixteen years ago. Aunt Lute Books- Literary Criticism – 77 pages. I had to kick myself that what I take for granted now — of course, women may show their scarred chests in public without shame –was taboo, in the s.

The Cancer Journals – Audre Lorde – Google Books

In describing her identity as a multitude of labels, black, lesbian, feminist mother and poet [4]Lorde seeks to intertwine her battle with cancer into her identity. Her first poem was published in Seventeen magazine while she was in high school; it had been rejected by her high school newspaper because it was “too romantic” Lorde considered her “mature” poetry, which focuses on her lesbian relationships, to be romantic also.

Best medical journal for patients. After working several years as a librarian, she became a professor of English-first at John Jay College and later at Hunter College.