Zami: A New Spelling of My Name – A Biomythography (Crossing Press Feminist Series) [Audre Lorde] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. 30 Zami: A New Spelling of My Name “This was to be our own work, children,” she said. “Who helped you with your sentence, Audre?” I told her I had done it. The Zami: A New Spelling of My Name Community Note includes chapter-by- chapter summary and Audre Lorde grows up in Harlem in the s and s.

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The family’s landlord hangs himself for having to rent his flat to Black people; later they take a trip to Washington D. I can appreciate the craft at work here, nrw that Lorde has a talent for language and is probably a great poet, but I just couldn’t find a way to care about her life.

Zami, a New Spelling of My Name Summary & Study Guide

Lorde does not speak until age 4, when she o that she wants to read, and promptly follows through on this desire. Nfw race, gender and sexuality were all rejected by her society at large; thus, much of the book functions with Audre living in a society that either ignores or rejects her and her telling tales of secret lesbian love. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

Audre Lorde is a revolutionary Black feminist. Audre then ends the book by meditating on all the things the women in her life, particularly her mother have taught her and speculates that her mother shared her own deep passion for the feminine soul.

My second time reading this, the first being many years ago as an undergrad, has reinforced my love for this book, and my love for Lorde herself, her prose, poetry and essays all of which you should go check out.


I connected most with the first half, where she recounts her mother’s Grenadian roots, accompanying her father at lunch, learning to read and write in a racist school surrounded by white kids, the loss of her best friend, her first period, and her abortion.

Zami, a New Spelling of My Name Summary & Study Guide

These jew not from this book, but I share them anyway: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. She was a professor of English at Hunter College from until her untimely death from cancer in Lorde’s poetry was published very regularly during the s — in Langston Hughes’ New Negro Poets, USA; in several foreign anthologies; and in black literary magazines.

Loving women, unfolding into all these places of being, where it seems to Audre that lesbians are the only women talking to each other, supporting each other emotionally at all in the ’50s. View all 11 comments.

The lyricism that transforms sex into love. From the author’s vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late s, the nature of Audre Lorde’s work is cyclical. Chapters 4 – 6. Dec 23, El rated it it was amazing Shelves: Toxic materials are pf.

In any case, the punishment doesn’t make sense, revealing the divisiveness of white supremacy, the power it has to restrict and shrink love. Audre moves to Mexico after spleling some money. In “Zami,” Lorde focuses on her developing lesbian identity and her response to racism in the white feminist and gay communities, and to sexism and homophobia in the African American community.

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I’d say this is certainly worth a read if you’re spellijg studies of intersecting identities black, feminist, lesbian, etc. She married in and divorced inafter having two children. I particularly appreciated her discussion of what it was like to be a lesbian in those days, as well as the dynamics of interracial gay relationships. And after high school she leaves home, dates a boy named Peter who impregnates her.

Audre Lorde’s beatiful autobiography of her child- and early-adulthood.

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Is she angry with the people who hurt her daughter or frustrated that she can’t control the world to protect her. Anyway, this one is the story of her early life, from her childhood born of Caribbean immigrants to her life in New York in the late s, through all the women who helped her become and realize who she was. It covers many themes but focuses primarily on the close bounds she develops with women throughout her life, first with her mother and then with various lovers throughout the book.

And yet this book spoke to I went into this book knowing very little about Audre Lorde other than she was a black, lesbian poet. During this time, she was politically active in civil rights, anti-war, and feminist movements. Other editions – View all Zami: She then returns to NYC and falls in love with a schizophrenic woman named Muriel, and they move in together.