Sister outsider : essays and speeches

by Audre Lorde

Paperback, 2007


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Berkeley, Calif. : Crossing Press, c2007. Revised edition.


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.

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LibraryThing member kdtb
Best book of black feminism
LibraryThing member terese
essential feminist text.
LibraryThing member Hanuman2
One of the first left, feminist books I read thankfully. Not sure what I'd think now, but an important part of my intellectual history.
LibraryThing member kakadoo202
Interesting inside on black lesbian life.
LibraryThing member quondame
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 cannot be pursued in isolation from others simply because their difference make us uncomfortable. We know what it is to be lied to. The 60s should teach us how important it is not to lie to ourselves. Not to believe that revolution is a one-time event, or something that happens around us rather than inside of us. Not to believe that freedom can belong to any one group of us without the others also being free. How important it is not to allow even our leaders to define us to ourselves, or to define our sources of power to us."

So many truths so well expressed. Alas, I haven't read this woman's poems. I should get right on it!
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190 p.; 23 cm


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