Audre Lorde's Transnational Legacies by Stella Bolaki

By Stella Bolaki

One of the such a lot 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 routine in the usa. although, Lorde cast coalitions with ladies 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 impact past the USA. 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interrelated sections―Archives, Connections, and Work―the quantity brings jointly scholarly essays, interviews, Lorde's unpublished speech approximately Europe, and private reflections and testimonials from key figures during the international. utilizing a variety of interdisciplinary ways, individuals verify the reception, translation, and stream of Lorde's writing and activism inside of diverse groups, audiences, and circles. in addition 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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Thus began a political movement—and an awareness-building journey—that lasted until the end of her life. During that time she initiated work on the book Farbe bekennen: Afro-deutsche Frauen auf den Spuren ihrer Geschichte, which Orlanda published in 1986. )3 That book had a decisive effect on the formation of a Black German movement as well as a surge of transatlantic research projects on Afro-Germans. 4 Audre particularly encouraged Afro-German women to write of their experiences. 6 Through her publications, but above all through her critical public stance about society’s ignorance and obliviousness about racism, anti-Semitism, and discrimination of immigrants within and outside the women’s movement, Audre made lasting contributions to the German political and cultural scene before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

An important focus is her theorization of sisterhood, solidarity, and difference and the ways in which they materialized through her activism and the formal aesthetics of her writing. Essays in the section consider Lorde’s approach to the concept of sisterhood; her complex connections to specific sisterhoods and geopolitical contexts; the way in which encounters with diasporic communities shaped her thinking, poetic practice, and commitment to mutual struggles; her ideas about the intimate economies of geopolitics and the way in which the erotic may function as a counter-hegemonic force; and her thoughts about the black transnational feminist praxis in relation to the majority black spaces of South Africa and the Caribbean.

The documentary Audre Lorde—The Berlin Years . . ”19 As the film makes clear, Audre’s contribution to theory has been gravely underrated. 20 But long before, Audre Lorde had talked and written about the intersections of various oppressions. She was also an early exponent of the idea of critical whiteness and the concepts of multiple identities and hyphenated people, of power and difference. As many of the essays in this book show, what has frequently become a fashionable academic exercise was for Audre a lived reality.

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