by Eli (Elizabeth) Clare, 1999
What connections can be made between loggers and drag queens, between environmentalists and paraplegics? Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation, a new book by Eli Clare, explores the landscape of disability, class, queerness, and child abuse, telling stories that echo with the sounds of an Oregon logging and fishing town, and with the lively political debates of crip crusaders and transgender warriors.
Suzanne Pharr, author of Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism, writes, "The books that move us most are the ones that help us make sense of our experience, that take pieces of what we already know and put it together with new insights, new analysis, enabling us to form a fresh vision of ourselves and our lives. For me, Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider and Adrienne Rich’s & Silence were such books, and there were significant others along the way that helped me think and see anew. And now there’s Eli Clare’s Exile and Pride."
"Eli Clare writes with the spirit of a poet and the toughness of a construction worker. The passion and skill of her writing will draw you inside a complex life and more deeply inside yourself," says Jewelle Gomez, author of The Gilda Stories.
Ynestra King, co-editor for Dangerous Intersections, writes, "Eli Clare’s original work exploring the interstices between class, environmentalism, radical gender politics, and disability consciousness moves beyond the false compartmentalization that has characterized progressive politics in the nineties, and toward a viable radical politics for the twenty-first century."
Eli Clare uses her own multiple loyalties as a lens to examine identity politics and political agency in the face of systemic oppression and interpersonal abuse. Imaginative and engaging, Exile and Pride will appeal to a wide array of readers.
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