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Audre Lorde was a library science scholar. She earned a BA in Library Science at Hunter College, New York (1954-1959) and went on to acquire an MA in the same at Columbia University New York (CUNY) in 1961. In addition to her multifaceted professional, political, social, academic, authorial and publishing activities, Lorde worked at the Mount Vernon Public Library and as Head Librarian at the Town School Library in New York City. I had never really picked up on this aspect of Audre Lorde’s life and work before. I emphasize this information, since it seems to lend greater clarity to Lorde’s farsightedness, her encompassing perspective on multifarious political and personal strands of meaning, which work together to structure the course of a life.
Audre Lorde’s works are marked by an incredible diversity of perspectives and themes. Thus a perspective informed by this discipline must definitely have reinforced Lorde’s extant talent that enabled her to visualize, record and understand social realities as interwoven complexes of unequal positionings. It appears as if imaginations, languages and narrative constructions (her own and those of others) were easily accessible and comprehensible to Lorde. At any rate there was a source from which Lorde acquired these vectors of connectivity, which then allowed her to build further bridges to other perspectives. Lorde’s work demonstrates the direct engagement with and the articulation of life themes and requirements for action in larger social groups. This multi-perspectival stance is apparent in Lorde’s poetry and prose – it is the common denominator in the approaches, ambivalences, crises, relationship networks, activism and communication processes thematised in her work.
This article’s point of departure involves the question of which aspects of an active life should be commemorated. Which life episodes can be rendered visible and productive in retrospect and to what end?
The Stories of Our Lives: Historicisation as a feminist task
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