127. Knowing the Difference: Audre Lorde

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In poetry and prose, especially her collection Sister Outsider, Audre Lorde explores ideas of difference, eroticism, and feminist theory.



Further Reading

• A. Lorde, The Cancer Journals (San Francisco: 1980).

• A. Lorde, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name (Watertown, MA: 1982).

• A. Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Freedom, CA: 1984).

• A. Lorde, A Burst of Light (Ithaca, NY: 1988).

• A. Lorde, The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde (New York: 1997).

• A. Lorde, I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde, ed. R. Byrd, J.B. Cole, and B. Guy-Sheftall (New York: 2009).


• E. Alexander, "'Coming Out Blackened and Whole': Fragmentation and Reintegration in Audre Lorde's Zami and The Cancer Journals," American Literary History 6 (1994): 695-715. 

• A. De Veaux, Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde (New York: 2004).

• R.A. Ferguson, "Of Sensual Matters: On Audre Lorde's 'Poetry is Not a Luxury' and 'Uses of the Erotic,'" Women's Studies Quarterly 40 (2012): 295-300.

• R. Ginzberg, "Audre Lorde's (Nonessentialist) Lesbian Eros," Hypatia 7 (1992): 73-90.

• J. Michaels, "The Impact of Audre Lorde's Politics and Poetics on Afro-German Women Writers," German Studies Review 29 (2006): 21-40.

• M.K. Morris, "Audre Lorde: Textual Authority and the Embodied Self," Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 23 (2002): 168-88.

• J. Turner, "Audre Lorde's Politics of Difference," in M.L. Rogers and J. Turner (eds), African American Political Thought: A Collected History (Chicago: 2021), 563-92.


Thomas Mirus on 4 July 2023

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You repeated a sentence around the 33 minute mark. 

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Peter Adamson on 4 July 2023

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