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Black Internationalist FeminismWomen Writers of the Black Left, 1945-1995$
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Cheryl Higashida

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036507

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036507.001.0001

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Audre Lorde Revisited

Audre Lorde Revisited

Nationalism and Second-Wave Black Feminism

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(p.134) 5 Audre Lorde Revisited
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Black Internationalist Feminism
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Cheryl Higashida

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036507.003.0006

This chapter argues that Audre Lorde's essays and poetry from the 1980s develop an overlooked yet significant strand of second-wave Black feminism that reveals continuities with postwar anticolonial internationalism. Lorde's poetry and prose from the mid-1980s on, after the invasion of Grenada, reveal that independent Black nationhood becomes an important political goal for her, one not yet superseded by “free” mobility or exilic diasporic communities. Moreover, it is in Lorde's post-invasion prose and poetry that she most explicitly and consistently explores a nationalist internationalism, positing that African Americans are morally and politically bound to support Third World and indigenous struggles for national sovereignty and that anticolonial struggles illuminate and impact African Americans' situation in the United States as an oppressed people.

Keywords:   Audre Lorde, second-wave Black feminism, anticolonial internationalism, Grenada, independent Black nationhood, nationalist internationalism, African Americans

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