I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde

I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde

by Rudolph P. Byrd
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195341481

ISBN-13: 9780195341485

Pub. Date: 04/21/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Audre Lorde was not only a famous poet; she was also one of the most important radical black feminists of the past century. Her writings and speeches grappled with an impressive broad list of topics, including sexuality, race, gender, class, disease, the arts, parenting, and resistance, and they have served as a transformative and important foundation for theorists

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Audre Lorde was not only a famous poet; she was also one of the most important radical black feminists of the past century. Her writings and speeches grappled with an impressive broad list of topics, including sexuality, race, gender, class, disease, the arts, parenting, and resistance, and they have served as a transformative and important foundation for theorists and activists in considering questions of power and social justice. Lorde embraced difference, and at each turn she emphasized the importance of using it to build shared strength among marginalized communities.

I Am Your Sister is a collection of Lorde's non-fiction prose, written between 1976 and 1990, and it introduces new perspectives on the depth and range of Lorde's intellectual interests and her commitments to progressive social change. Presented here, for the first time in print, is a major body of Lorde's speeches and essays, along with the complete text of A Burst of Light and Lorde's landmark prose works Sister Outsider and The Cancer Journals. Together, these writings reveal Lorde's commitment to a radical course of thought and action, situating her works within the women's, gay and lesbian, and African American Civil Rights movements. They also place her within a continuum of black feminists, from Sojourner Truth, to Anna Julia Cooper, Amy Jacques Garvey, Lorraine Hansberry, and Patricia Hill Collins. I Am Your Sister concludes with personal reflections from Alice Walker, Gloria Joseph, Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, and bell hooks on Lorde's political and social commitments and the indelibility of her writings for all who are committed to a more equitable society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195341485
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/21/2009
Series:
Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Credits xiii

Introduction. Create Your Own Fire: Audre Lorde and the Tradition of Black Radical Thought Rudolph P. Byrd 3

Part I From Sister Outsider And A Burst Of Light

1 The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action 39

2 Sexism: An American Disease in Blackface 44

3 Sadomasochism: Not About Condemnation: An Interview with Audre Lorde Susan Leigh Star 50

4 I Am Your Sister: Black Women Organizing Across Sexualities 57

5 Apartheid U.S.A. 64

6 Turning the Beat Around: Lesbian Parenting 1986 73

7 A Burst of Light: Living with Cancer 81

Part II. My Words Will Be Three

8 Eva's Man by Gayl Jones: A Review 153

9 Self-Definition and My Poetry 156

10 Introduction: Movement in Black by Pat Parker 158

11 My Words Will Be There 160

12 Foreword to the English Edition of Farbe bekennen: Afro-deutsche Frauen auf den Spuren ihrer Geschichte 169

13 Preface to a New Edition of Need: A Chorale for Black Woman Voices 177

14 Poet as Teacher-Human as Poet-Teacher as Human 182

15 Poetry Makes Something Happen 184

16 My Mother's Mortar 188

Part III Difference And Survival

17 Difference and Survival: An Address at Hunter College 201

18 The First Black Feminist Retreat: July 6, 1977 205

19 When Will the Ignorance End? Keynote Speech at the National Third World Gay and Lesbian Conference, October 13, 1979 207

20 An Address Delivered as Part of the "Litany of Commitment" at the March on Washington, August 27, 1983 212

21 Commencement Address: Oberlin College, May 29, 1989 213

22 There Is No Hierarchy of Oppression 219

23 What Is at Stake in Lesbian and Gay Publishing Today: The Bill Whitehead Award Ceremony, 1990 221

24 Is Your Hair Still Political? 224

Part IV Reflections

25 Audre Lorde: My Shero, My Teacher, My Sister Friend Johnnetta Betsch Cole 231

26 Audre's Voice Alice Walker 238

27 Lorde: The Imagination of Justice Bell hooks 242

28 Remembering Audre Lorde Gloria I. Joseph 249

Epilogue. Bearing Witness: The Legacy of Audre Lorde Beverly Guy-Sheftall 253

Contributors 261

Selected Bibliography 265

Chronology 267

Index 269

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