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Moving between journal entry, memoir, and exposition, Audre Lorde fuses the
personal and political as she reflects on her experience coping with breast
cancer and a radical mastectomy. A Penguin Classic First published over
forty years ago, The Cancer Journals is a startling, powerful account of
Audre Lorde's experience with breast cancer and mastectomy. Long before
narratives explored the silences around illness and women's pain, Lorde
questioned the rules of conformity for women's body images and supported
the need to confront physical loss not hidden by prosthesis. Living as a
black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet, Lorde heals and re-envisions
herself on her own terms and offers her voice, grief, resistance, and
courage to those dealing with their own diagnosis. Poetic and profoundly
feminist, Lorde's testament gives visibility and strength to women with
cancer to define themselves, and to transform their silence into language
and action.

Audre Lorde—The Cancer Journals

  • 9780143135203
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