Woman and Nature: The Roaring Inside Her
In this famously provocative cornerstone of feminist literature, Susan Griffin explores the identification of women with the earth—both as sustenance for humanity and as victim of male rage. Starting from Plato's fateful division of the world into spirit and matter, her analysis of how patriarchal Western philosophy and religion have used language and science to bolster their power over both women and nature is brilliant and persuasive, coming alive in poetic prose.
Griffin draws on an astonishing range of sources—from timbering manuals to medical texts to Scripture and classical literature—in showing how destructive has been the impulse to disembody the human soul, and how the long separated might once more be rejoined. Poet Adrienne Rich calls Woman and Nature "perhaps the most extraordinary nonfiction work to have merged from the matrix of contemporary female consciousness—a fusion of patriarchal science, ecology, female history and feminism, written by a poet who has created a new form for her vision. ...The book has the impact of a great film or a fresco; yet it is intimately personal, touching to the quick of woman's experience."
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And if in the beginning, at least outwardly, these movements seemed to have little
of substance to say about either women or nature, as they expanded and
dovetailed, they created an atmosphere in which a book such as this could come
to be ...
From this philosophical beginning the book becomes more actual, treating of the
effect of patriarchal logic on material beings. And so the first book, “Matter,”
continues the analogy drawn between woman and nature into explorations of the
That this earth was formed not by one cataclysm, but by cataclysm following
cataclysm, each the sign of God's will, each marking the end of one age and the
beginning of another. And the marks of these ages can be traced in the strata of
... and it is debated whether or not any malevolence came to play in the making of
parasites. And now there is doubt. For it is postulated that in the rocks of the earth
, it is discovered that there is no evidence for a beginning or.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bness2 - LibraryThing
I realize this is considered a classic in feminist literature, but it is not anything like what I was expecting and I found Griffin's stream of consciousness style to be very distracting. This is not ... Read full review
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reading this is an experience in itself, not a passing of the time Read full review