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I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde (Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities) Paperback – August 12, 2011


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  • Series: Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities
  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (August 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199846456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199846450
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,130,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book, clearly a labor of love by three colleagues who also call themselves friends, meets its objectives and more...This invaluable collections enables us to hear [Lorde's] voice again and to use the life lessons she shared with us."--Women's Review of Books


"A thorough survey, to say the least...I Am Your Sister reveals [Lorde's] legacy anew."--Bitch Magazine


"The editors of this abundant feast of a book remind us of the importance of [Audre Lorde's] work, which for 40 years has served as a foundation and catalyst for questions of identity, difference, power and social justice. There is much to ponder, discuss, teach and revere in this compilation."--Ms. Magazine


"I Am Your Sister is a collection for those who want and need to be introduced to Audre Lorde's thinking, and it is a great anthology for those who have read and been inspired by Lorde's writing all of their lives...a celebration, an honoring, and a thoughtful presentation of who Lorde was...an eye opener to how the struggles of past times continue to be what we grapple with today...a tool for survival--a teacher to help us realize our possibilities for change."--Feminist Review


"I Am Your Sister combines some of Lorde's most powerful essays with previously unavailable writings, as well as reflections on her work from other influential artists and activists."--Southern Voice


"In 'harsh and urgent clarity' Audre Lorde spoke directly to 'that chaos which exists before understanding,' insisting on work to be done, the necessity for difficult alliances, for standing up to be counted, and for inclusive liberation. The poetic realism of these essays and speeches resonates here and now."--Adrienne Rich, poet, essayist, activist


"Audre Lorde's unpublished writings, combined with her now classic essays, reveal her to be as relevant today as during the latter twentieth century when she first spoke to us. This new collection should be read by all who understand justice to be indivisible, embracing race, gender, sexuality, class, and beyond, and who recognize, as she so succinctly put it, that 'there is no separate surivial.'"--Angela Y. Davis, author of Women, Race & Class and Are Prisons Obsolete?


"Provacative and profound, the work of poet, essayist, and autobiographer, Audre Lorde, has positively affected scholars and writers, teachers and students, feminists, gays, lesbians, and indeed countless individuals in the United States and elsewhere who have struggled with the question of how to integrate aesthetic, cultural, and political concerns. Now, with the publication of this collection of some of Lorde's best writing, we all have the opportunity to consider seriously Lorde's legacy and to continue in our efforts to resist the silencing of our various communities, our various selves in these wondrous and difficult times."--Robert F. Reid-Pharr, author of Once You Go Black: Choice, Desire, and the Black American Intellectual


About the Author

Rudolph P. Byrd is the Goodrich C. White Professor of American Studies in the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts and the Department of African American Studies, and is the Founding Director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies at Emory University. Johnnetta Betsch Cole is President Emerita of Spelman College and Bennett College for Women, and Professor Emerita of Emory University. She is currently Director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art. Beverly Guy-Sheftall is Founding Director of the Women's Research and Resource Center and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women's Studies at Spelman College. She is also an adjunct professor at Emory University's Institute for Women's Studies.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on April 26, 2009
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I don't know how to write this review, but I feel deeply compelled to do so. All I can say is that Lorde's work is absolutely indispensable to my life and the journey and growth of my humanity. In the wonderful introductory essay by one of the editors Rudolph P. Bryd, we see how Lorde's work finds itself in the tradition of Black Feminist/Radical thought from the 1830s with Maria W. Stewart right up until Lorde's context of the 1950s-80s. As importantly, Bryd points to where Lorde's work makes radical additions to that tradition, why certain texts were included, how the unpublished texts fit in, and where these works burst out and truly become original.

For me, equally important as the original thinking powering her works is the voice behind them. How she said what she said, what was the deeper spirit of her voice. On this point, she is wholly original in my life. At times, Baldwin reaches me in a similar way but Lorde is more personal and often times even more challenging. Certainly Baldwin was more prolific as an essayist, but I think Baldwin often felt it his responsibility to speak about the issues he raised. Lorde's work is more personal because she speaks with a deep sense of the urgency of her own survival, which for her is reflexive. "There is only one survival." Certainly Baldwin felt this way as well, but he was more self-sacrificing in a way. He really (perhaps ironically in a christian way) sacrificed himself completely to the burden of his prophetic vision. For Lorde, it seems, the process of writing, of poetry, of formulating her deeper silences and feelings into thoughts and action, that process was as necessary to her as an individual as breathing. In this sense, Lorde's actions and life are a paradigm of her words and work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R.J.B on January 8, 2011
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I have loved the work of Audre Lorde since first reading her in a feminist theory course.

This book is great. My only criticism is actually with the Product Description. I own all the published work of Lorde. Recently I gave away my copy of "Sister Outsider" to a dear friend. When I thought about repurchasing a copy, I figured why not pick up "I Am Your Sister." I knew that the book featured the collected works and double checked the description. The Product Description on the Amazon page listed "I Am Your Sister" to include "a major body of Lorde's speeches and essays, along with the complete text of A Burst of Light and Lorde's landmark prose works Sister Outsider and The Cancer Journals." With that I ordered.

I just got the book in the mail. It's upsetting to see that only two essays from "Sister Outsider" are included.

I am torn because I'm happy to have the book. I'm pleased Lorde's work carries on! With that being said, I also feel the description is misleading and that surprises me!
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The only book about Audre Lorde I had not read. I still haven't read it cover to cover. When I need a little inspiration, I read it and get full. Audre was authentic of nothing else. Her life and how she lived it gives me the encouragement to push on through it.
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By C. C. on June 14, 2011
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First of all, this book is not for the prudish. Lorde is a gifted writer. However, her work and her sexuality often appear to be one in the same. Now, she is accurate when she addresses that the problems facing African Americans are to be confronted by black people, irrespective of gender, economic status, or sexual orientation. Lorde is sharp. She uses many historical accounts of the black struggle for liberation to support her views. For anyone who has battled a terminal illness, they may find her cancer chronicles particularly poignant. If you are a fan of protest literature, this is certainly worth the read. If you are a feminist or womanist, Lorde is "Your Sister." ***My youngest sister purchased this book for me on one of her trips. Agatta
-Cathy Clay author of Agatta
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