Among the most influential and insightful thinkers of her generation, Audre Lorde (1934–1992) inspired readers and activists through her poetry, autobiography, essays, and her political action. Most scholars have situated her work within the context of the women's, gay and lesbian, and black civil rights movements within the United States. However, Lorde forged coalitions with women in Europe, the Caribbean, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Africa, and twenty years after her passing, these alliances remain largely undocumented and unexplored.
Audre Lorde's Transnational Legacies is the first book to systematically document and thoroughly investigate Lorde's influence beyond the United States. Arranged in three thematically interrelated sectionsArchives, Connections, and Workthe volume brings together scholarly essays, interviews, Lorde's unpublished speech about Europe, and personal reflections and testimonials from key figures throughout the world. Using a range of interdisciplinary approaches, contributors assess the reception, translation, and circulation of Lorde's writing and activism within different communities, audiences, and circles. They also shed new light on the work Lorde inspired across disciplinary borders.
In addition the volume editors, contributors include Sarah Cefai, Cassandra Ellerbe-Dueck, Paul M. Farber, Tiffany N. Florvil, Katharina Gerund, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Gloria Joseph, Jackie Kay, Marion Kraft, Christiana Lambrinidis, Zeedah Meierhofer-Mangeli, Rina Nissim, Chantal Oakes, Lester C. Olson, Pratibha Parmar, Peggy Piesche, Dagmar Schultz, Tamara Lea Spira, and Gloria Wekker.
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About the Author
Stella Bolaki is lecturer in American literature at the University of Kent and author of Unsettling the Bildungsroman: Reading Contemporary Ethnic American Women's Fiction.
Sabine Broeck is professor of American studies at the University of Bremen in Germany and author of White AmnesiaBlack Memory?: American Women's Writing and History.
Table of Contents
Foreword Sara Ahmed ix
Introduction: Audre Lorde's Transnational Legacies Stella Bolaki Sabine Broeck 1
Part I Archives
1 The Dream of Europe-Remarks Audre Lorde 23
2 Audre Lords-The Berlin Years, 1984 to 1992: Transnational Experiences, the Making of a Film, and Its Reception Dagmar Schultz 27
3 Bonds of Sisterhood / Breaking of Silences: An Interview with Audre Lorde Marion Kraft 41
4 Naming Ourselves as Black Women in Europe: An African American-German and Afro-Dutch Conversation Cassandra Ellerbe-Dueck Gloria Wekker 55
5 Frontiers: An Interview with Audre Lorde Pratibha Parmar Jackie Kay 74
6 Audre Lorde and Her French-Speaking Readers Edna Nissim 85
7 Finding My Sisters: Audre Lorde and Black Women in Switzerland Zeedah Meierhofer-Mangeli 94
8 Audre Lorde's Relationship and Connections with South African Women Gloria J. Joseph 102
Part II Connections
9 Sisterhood as Performance in Audre Lorde's Public Advocacy Lester C. Olson 109
10 Transracial Feminist Alliances? Audre Lorde and West German Women Katharina Gerund 122
11 Emotional Connections: Audre Lorde and Black German Women Tiffany N. Florvil 135
12 "I Cross Her Borders at Midnight": Audre Lorde's Berlin Revisions Paul M. Father 148
13 "But We Are Not the Same": Generating a Critical Poetics of Diaspora Alexis Pauline Gumbs 163
14 The Geopolitics of the Erotic: Audre Lorde's Mexico and the Decolonization of the Revolutionary Imagination Tamara Lea Spira 177
Part III Work
15 The Critical Feelings of Audre Lorde, from the Standpoint of an Academic Minor Sarah Cefai 193
16 Audre Lorde and What Remains Chantal Oakes 207
17 The Cicadas of Courage: Let Us Perform Audre Lorde Christiana Lambrinidis 214
18 Inscribing the Past, Anticipating the Future: Audre Lorde and the Black Women's Movement in Germany Peggy Piesche 222
Afterword Stella Bolaki Sabine Brocck 226
Notes on Contributors 231
What People are Saying About This
This volume of essays makes a critically important contribution to Lorde scholarship on an interna-tional scale.
This volume beautifully and accurately documents Lorde's global imprint for our time. It is herstorical and simultaneously contemporary.