Audre Lorde's Transnational Legacies by Stella Bolaki

By Stella Bolaki

One of the so much influential and insightful thinkers of her iteration, Audre Lorde (1934–1992) encouraged readers and activists via her poetry, autobiography, essays, and her political motion. such a lot students have positioned her paintings in the context of the women's, homosexual and lesbian, and black civil rights activities in the usa. although, Lorde cast coalitions with girls in Europe, the Caribbean, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Africa, and 20 years after her passing, those alliances stay principally undocumented and unexplored.

Audre Lorde's Transnational Legacies is the 1st booklet to systematically record and punctiliously examine Lorde's effect past the us. prepared in 3 thematically interrelated sections―Archives, Connections, and Work―the quantity brings jointly scholarly essays, interviews, Lorde's unpublished speech approximately Europe, and private reflections and testimonials from key figures through the international. utilizing quite a number interdisciplinary techniques, members investigate the reception, translation, and flow of Lorde's writing and activism inside of assorted groups, audiences, and circles. additionally they shed new gentle at the paintings Lorde encouraged throughout disciplinary borders.

In addition the quantity editors, participants comprise 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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Audre Lorde, “The Cancer Journals,” in Audre Lorde Compendium, 46. 15. Audre Lorde, “My Words Will be There,” in I Am Your Sister, 163. 16. Portions of this section appear in Stella Bolaki, “Illness and Transatlantic Sisterhoods in Audre Lorde’s ‘A Burst of Light: Living with Cancer,’ ” Symbiosis 17, no. 1 (April 2013): 3–20, and are reprinted with permission of the journal. 17. Audre Lorde, The Cancer Journals (London: Sheba, 1985). 18. Audre Lorde, The Marvelous Arithmetics of Distance: Poems, 1987–1992 (New York: Norton, 1993).

Piercy wrote after the screening of the film at London’s Fringe! ” Notes 1. Dagmar Schultz, “The German Women’s Movement in 1982,” in German Feminism: Readings in Politics and Literature, ed. Edith Hoshino Altbach, Jeanette Clausen, Dagmar Schultz, and Naomi Stephan (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1984), 368–77. 2. Dagmar Schultz, “Witnessing Whiteness—ein persönliches Zeugnis,” in Mythen, Masken, und Subjekte: Kritische Weißseinsforschung in Deutschland, ed. Maureen Maisha Eggers, 38 Dagmar Schultz Susan Arndt, Grada Kiloma, and Peggy Piesche (Münster: Unrast, 2005), 514–29; Dagmar Schultz‚ preface, Macht und Sinnlichkeit: Audre Lorde und Adrienne Rich; Ausgewählte Texte, ed.

Lorde’s black knowledge intervention radically recalled and intertextually answered Aimé Césaire’s post-Shoah anticolonial Discourse on Colonialism, first published in 1955, which indicted Europe as rotten to the core. ”5 In her speech Lorde described a rotten Europe, what she called a “nightmare,” visible in the discourses and practices of fascist/racist violence against black immigrants, acts that were exacerbated by the white German state apparatus and the public’s broad indifference. A new vision would be possible only if European countries owned up to their ongoing coloniality and acknowledged the crucial role of black Europeans in building a continent that respected past history and present difference.

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