Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

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Penguin, 2020 - Literary Collections - 208 pages
"At once a searing indictment of a racist, patriarchal society and a manual for claiming an intersectional identity, Sister Outsider is a comprehensive collection of the lauded poet and writer Audre Lorde's most famous and influential works of nonfiction prose. Sister Outsider depicts the idea of "difference"--whether through race, gender, or sexuality--as a powerful tool for empowerment that can be used as a catalyst for change. Throughout the fifteen essays and speeches that comprise the volume, Lorde asserts that because she is a black, queer woman, she is considered an outsider, but that it is precisely her outsider perspective that allows her to see the various layers of identity-based oppression. A pioneer of intersectional feminism, Sister Outsider encourages the reader to embrace their difference and weaponize it for change, a once-radical 20th-century idea that has become a full-blown movement today. Penguin Classics launches a new hardcover series with five American classics that are relevant and timeless in their power, and part of a dynamic and diverse landscape of classic fiction and nonfiction from almost seventy-five years of classics publishing. Penguin Vitae provides readers with beautifully designed classics that have shaped the course of their lives, and welcomes new readers to discover these literary gifts of personal inspiration, intellectual engagement, and creative originality"--
 

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Beyond amazing. This book provides a tool kit for reshaping the self to implement our most positive aspects, and is itself an example of the work done. "We share a common interest, survival, and it ... Read full review

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A collection of fifteen essays written between 1976 and 1984 gives clear voice to Audre Lorde's literary and philosophical personae. These essays explore and illuminate the roots of Lorde's ... Read full review

Contents

Notes from a Trip to Russia I
9
Poetry Is Not a Luxury
24
Some Notes
33
The Erotic as Power
49
An Open Letter to Mary Daly
55
A Black Lesbian Feminists
61
Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich
70
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Audre Lorde (1934-1992) published nine volumes of poetry and five works of prose. She was a recipient of many distinguished honors and awards, including honorary doctorates from Hunter, Oberlin, and Haverford Colleges, and was named New York State Poet (1991-1993).

Mahogany L. Browne is a Brooklyn-based slam poet and activist, and the author of Black Girl Magic, which she read on PBS NewsHour. She has been featured in HBO's Brave New Voices as the artistic director at Urban Word NYC.

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