“Sweet Home”: Audre Lorde's Zami and the legacies of American Writing

  title={“Sweet Home”: Audre Lorde's Zami and the legacies of American Writing},
  author={Monica B. Pearl},
  journal={Journal of American Studies},
  pages={297 - 317}
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