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Keywords:

  • medical anthropology;
  • queer;
  • cancer;
  • sentimentality;
  • gender;
  • illness;
  • body image;
  • photography

The academic literature still tends to take Audre Lorde as the primary feminist theorist of breast cancer, and her The Cancer Journals (1997) remains, nearly three decades out, the definitive word on breast cancer and gender theory. In this article, I revisit the cultures and politics of cancer, offering a queer analysis of breast cancer in the U.S.