Mother loosen my tongue: conversations by Sarah-Jane Crowson

Artist Sarah-Jane Crowson, who has also created the artwork for our Film & TV podcast, What Goddesses Watch, uses bricolage to explore the space between real and imagined; creating alternative narratives as small acts of resistance.

In this specially commissioned sequence, she imagines conversations in cafés through the medium of bricolage. Feminist thinkers across time and cultures meet, passed figures sipping tea with the living, as their languages and ideas continue to bear fruit . In this way, Zora Neale Hurston speaks to Emily Dickenson, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha has xxx with Audre Lorde and Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay meets Charlotte Brontë.

Anais Nin and Beatrice Medicine



Audre Lorde & Theresa Hak Kyung Cha



Carmen Rupe & Ada Lovelace



Simone De Beauvoir & Frida Kahlo



Gloria Anzaldúa & Mary Wollstonecraft


Lorraine Hansbury & Sylvia Rivera



Lille Elber & Anne Spencer


Simone Weil & Sappho


References & Acknowledgements


Lorraine Hansbury & Sylvia Rivera

Gan, Jessi “Still at the back of the bus”: Sylvia Rivera’s struggle Centro Journal, vol. XIX, núm. 1, 2007, pp. 124-139 The City University of New York New York, Estados Unidos

Lorraine Hansberry Speaks! ‘The Black Revolution and the White Backlash’ (Excerpt) Hansberry speaking on June 15, 1964 at town hall meeting held in New York City on “The Black Revolution and the White Backlash.”. Youtube, Matthew Siegfried. Available at:

Sylvia Rivera, WMST Fandom, George Mason University,


Carmen Rupe & Ada Lovelace

Lovelace, Ada King. Ada, the Enchantress of Numbers: The Letters of Lord Byron’s Daughter and Her Description of the First Computer (1992) Strawberry Press,..

Smith, G. (1989) Carmen (documentary film)


Thanks to Ankh and Cate Spice for the recommendation and links to Carmen Rupe


Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay & Charlotte Bronte

Brontë, Charlotte. Jane Eyre (2008). Oxford University Press

Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay from –

Quotation from


Audre Lorde and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha

Cha, T. H. K. (2001). Dictee. Univ of California Press.

Image of Audre Lorde – K. Kendall, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Lorde, A. (1988). Call. Feminist Studies, 14(3), 449-452.


Anais Nin and Beatrice Medicine

Anais Nin, Seduction of the Minotaur, Nin, A., 1961. Seduction of the Minotaur. Swallow Press. Vancouver

Brayboy, B., Lomawaima, K., & Villegas, M. (2007). The Lives and Work of Beatrice Medicine and Vine Deloria Jr. Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 38(3), 231-238.


Gloria Anzaldúa & Mary Wollstonecraft

Anzaldúa, Gloria, and Cherríe Moraga. “This bridge called my back.” New York: Kitchen Table (1981).

Image of Gloria Anzaldúa by Annie F. Valva.

Wollstonecraft, Mary. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Yale University Press, 2014.

Zora Neale Hurston & Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson, “Fame is a bee”, Available at The Poetry Foundation,,

Transcript of video from The Paris Review (2013), Zora Neale Hurston on Zombies, Available at:,


Simone Weil and Sappho

Image of Weil from

Poochigian (2009) Stung with love: poems and fragments of Sappho. Penguin, Random House, London


Anne Spencer and Lille Elbe

Anne Spencer, “Before The Feast Of Shushan”

By Unknown author – Beinecke Rare Book &amp; Manuscript Library, Yale University [1], Public Domain,

Elbe, L. (2015). Lili: A portrait of the first sex change. Canelo

Lille Elbee – By Unknown author –, CC BY 4.0,


Simone de Beauvoir and Frida Kahlo

Herrera, H (1989). Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo, Bloomsbury, London.

Interview With Simone de Beauvoir Author(s): Hélène V. Wenzel Source: Yale French Studies , 1986, No. 72, Simone de Beauvoir: Witness to a Century (1986), pp. 5-32 Published by: Yale University Press Stable URL:

All other images in public domain.

All bricolage by Sarah-Jane Crowson.

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