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Conversations with Audre Lorde : Literary Conversations Series - Joan Wylie Hall

Conversations with Audre Lorde

Literary Conversations Series

By: Joan Wylie Hall (Editor)

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Audre Lorde (1934-1992), the author of eleven books of poetry, described herself as a ""Black feminist lesbian poet warrior mother,"" but she added that this phrase was inadequate in capturing her full identity. The interviews in this collection portray the many additional sides of the Harlem-born author and activist. She was also a rebellious child of Caribbean parents, a mastectomy patient, a blue-collar worker, a college professor, a student of African mythology, an experimental autobiographer in her book titled Zami, a critic of imperialism, and a charismatic orator.

Despite her intense engagement with the major social movements of her time, Lorde told interviewers that she was always an outsider, a position of weakness and of strength.

Most of her schoolmates were white. She married a white legal-aid attorney, and after their divorce she was the partner of a white psychologist for many years. These intimate alliances with whites caused some African Americans of both genders to question the depth of her solidarity. Lorde expressed distrust of some white feminists and charged that they lacked real understanding of African American struggles.

Writing proved to be her powerful weapon against injustice. Painfully aware that differences could provoke prejudice and violence, she promoted the bridging of barriers. These interviews reveal the sense of displacement that made Lorde a champion of the outcast and the forgotten--whether in New York, Mississippi, Berlin, or Soweto.

Introductionp. vii
Chronologyp. xix
Interview with Audre Lordep. 3
Audre Lordep. 9
Audre Lordep. 18
Audre Lorde: Interviewp. 26
An Interview with Audre Lordep. 45
My Words Will Be Therep. 71
Interview: Audre Lorde Advocates Unity among Womenp. 79
Audre Lordep. 85
An Interview with Audre Lordep. 101
Speaking the Unspeakable: Poet Audre Lordep. 109
Poetry, Nature, and Childhood: An Interview with Audre Lordep. 115
An Interview with Audre Lordep. 128
Audre Lorde on Her Cancer Illnessp. 132
The Law Is Male and White: Meeting with the Black Author, Audre Lordep. 143
The Creative Use of Differencep. 146
Poetry and Day-by-Day Experience: Excerpts from a Conversation on 12 June 1986 in Berlinp. 154
Audre Lorde: A Radio Profilep. 158
An Interview with Audre Lordep. 164
Frontiersp. 171
Breaking the Barriers of Silencep. 181
Above the Wind: An Interview with Audre Lordep. 184
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9781578066438
ISBN-10: 1578066433
Series: Literary Conversations Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 277
Published: 17th May 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36