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 first came to critical attention with her poetry. I studied it as rhetoric, however to read her writing llorde any purpose is an indescribable experience. The Cancer Journals is a very personal account and documentation of Lorde’s battle with breast cancer. I believe I even had a better understanding of women after reading this book.

The Bluest Eye Vintage International. Fieldwork Christopher John Pole Snippet view – Mar 08, Sunny rated it really liked it Shelves: In other words, I literally communicated through poetry. Audre wrote a researched book about the cancer industry in which she also calls herself a connoisseur of women’s breasts.

She is both brave and right. Her first poem was published by Seventeen magazine when she was still in high school [3]. Other poems express a daughter’s anger 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. This is her true value to society, as an ornament and gaze-able object.

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

The second chapter, ‘Breast Cancer: Dec 02, Sarah Evan rated it it was amazing Shelves: I thought the first half of this book was a bit slow with her journal entries, but I absolutely loved the second part.

I liked the book cwncer I really liked her way of writing and conveying her thoughts and emotions — she was a poet after all.

Does sickness, with its attendant infirmity, its gloomy shadow over the intellectual, represent feminist defeat? Jun 12, Eff Emm rated it it was amazing. I have the original version of this book, not the new edition with the tributes, so I’m writing this here so that I have it later: 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.


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She also speaks of the possibilities of alternative medicine, arguing that women should be afforded the space to look at all options, and negotiate treatment and healing on their own terms.

Though the main theme centers around breast cancer and mastectomy, please, if you are a feminist do not shy away from this book. 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 Lorde’s most passionate battle was waged against silence.

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Books by Audre Lorde. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Aug 04, Christine rated it it was amazing. Common terms and phrases accept Ace bandage Adrienne afraid Fancer Cancer American Cancer Society anesthesia Audre Lorde Aunt Lute bandage become believe biopsy black lesbian feminist body breast prostheses breast reconstruction breast removed breast surgery CANCER JOURNALS carcinogenic chest cold concern Dahomey death decision despair dreams energy examine experience eyes face fear feel felt fight Frances give hospital Hunter College hurt inside knew Kwanza lambswool left breast less Li’l Sister living look loss malignant mastectomy means ment metic modified radical mastectomy mortality mourn never nurse one-breasted ourselves pajama lode physical pain plastic surgeons possible post-mastectomy women psychic Reach For Recovery reality remember right breast scars shared silence into language silicone gel sleep sometimes speak strength survival therapies thing tion told transformation of silence tumor voice want to write wearing a prosthesis weeks Winnie Mandela wish woman words zymes.

I loved Lorde’s words and her strength. Audre Lorde was really the one. Please try again later. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. For those familiar with Lorde’s work this is definitely a must read.


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

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The Cancer Journals

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I read this book back in the 90’s and wanted to revisit canccer again. Jun 05, Blair Ngundze rated it it was amazing. The Cancer Journals is a book of non-fiction by Audre Lorde. We have made great strides in cure.

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ahdre 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. Audre Lorde really hits the nail on the head when she writes: From inside the book. Some of her most famous poetic jounals include: I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Oorde 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 it will just up and punch you in the mouth.

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.