Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

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Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony, Jan 4, 2012 - Social Science - 192 pages
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Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature.

In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and lyrical, reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope. This commemorative edition includes a new foreword by Lorde-scholar and poet Cheryl Clarke, who celebrates the ways in which Lorde's philosophies resonate more than twenty years after they were first published.

These landmark writings are, in Lorde's own words, a call to “never close our eyes to the terror, to the chaos which is Black which is creative which is female which is dark which is rejected which is messy which is...”

“[Lorde's] works will be important to those truly interested in growing up sensitive, intelligent, and aware.”
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While reading the chapter "An Interview: Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich," I realized that while I was earning my English major, I read plenty of Adrienne Rich, but I don't recall hearing about Audre ... Read full review

Sister Outsider: Essays & Speeches

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Poet and librarian Lorde collected 15 of her finest essays and speeches in this 1984 volume. With her poet's command of language, she addresses sexism, racism, black women, black lesbians, eroticism, and more. Still powerful. Read full review

Contents

Foreword
6
Introduction
8
Notes from a Trip to Russia
13
Poetry Is Not a Luxury
36
The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action
40
Some Notes on Barriers to Women and Loving
45
The Erotic as Power
53
An American Disease in Blackface
60
A Black Lesbian Feminists Response
72
Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich
81
The Masters Tools Will Never Dismantle the Masters House
110
Women Redefining Difference
114
Women Responding to Racism
124
Learning from the 605
134
Black Women Hatred and Anger
145
An lnterim Report
176

An Open Letter to Mary Daly
66

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A writer, activist, and mother of two, Audre Lorde grew up in 1930s Harlem. She earned a master’s degree in library science from Columbia University, received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for poetry, and was New York State’s Poet Laureate from 1991 to 1993. She is the author of twelve books, including ZAMI and THE BLACK UNICORN. Lorde died of cancer at the age of fifty-eight in 1992.

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