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We heal from memory : Sexton, Lorde, Anzaldúa, and the poetry of witness

Author: Cassie Premo Steele
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Through an examination of the poetry of Anne Sexton, Audre Lorde, and Gloria Anzaldus, We Heal From Memory paints a vivid picture of how our culture carries a history of traumatic violence - child sexual abuse, the ownership and enforcement of women's sexuality under slavery, the transmission of violence through generations, and the destruction of non-white cultures and their histories through colonization. As  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Gloria Anzaldúa; Audre Lorde; Anne Sexton; Anne Sexton; Audre Lorde; Gloria Anzalduá; Gloria Anzaldúa; Audre Lorde; Anne Sexton
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Cassie Premo Steele
ISBN: 0312233426 9780312233426
OCLC Number: 44174145
Description: x, 221 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction: We Heal From Memory: Sexton, Lorde, Anzaldua and The Poetry of Witness --
"My night mind saw such strange happenings": Anne Sexton and Childhood Sexual Trauma --
"We are sisters and our survival is mutual": Audre Lorde and the Connections between Individual and Collective Trauma --
"Una Herida Abierta": The Border as Wound in Gloria Anzaldua's Borderlands/La Frontera --
"This Kind of Hope": Anne Sexton and the Language of Survival --
"My eyes are always hungry and remembering": Audre Lorde and the Poetry of Witness --
Healing from Awakened Dreams: Anzaldua as Individual and Collective Witness --
"I wish to enter her like a dream": Anne Sexton and the Prophecy of Healing --
Drawing Strength from Our Mothers: Tapping the Roots of Black Women's History --
Grinding the Bones to Create Anew: Gloria Anzaldua's Mestiza Mythology --
Conclusion: The Emperor Wears No Clothes --
Anne Sexton --
Audre Lorde --
Gloria Anzaldua --
Trauma Studies.
Responsibility: Cassie Premo Steele.
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"Through an examination of the poetry of Anne Sexton, Audre Lorde, and Gloria Anzaldus, We Heal From Memory paints a vivid picture of how our culture carries a history of traumatic violence - child sexual abuse, the ownership and enforcement of women's sexuality under slavery, the transmission of violence through generations, and the destruction of non-white cultures and their histories through colonization. As Cassie Premo Steele demonstrates, the poetry of Sexton, Lorde, and Anzaldua allows us to witness and to heal from such disparate traumatic events because the "evidence" is not to be found in the events themselves but in the survivors' painful reaction to having survived." "It is not the event itself that determines whether it is traumatic; it is the way that the survivor survives such violence by not experiencing it in the normal way we experience and remember. This is why poetry allows survivors to witness others' survival: poetry, like trauma, takes images, feelings, rhythms, sounds, and the physical sensations of the body as evidence. It is in attending to this "evidence" that we may realize that not only women, but all of us - men, women, and children - are hurt by the horror of violence, and such witnessing leads to the realization that we do not have to continue to be either the victims or the perpetrators of such violence if we heal from memory."--BOOK JACKET.

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