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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That the soul is the cause of all movement in matter and that the soul was created
by God: that all other movement proceeds from violent contact with other moving
matter, which was first moved by God. That the spheres in perpetual movement ...
argued whether or not God fixes his clock. And it is stated that God does not learn
. That God knows everything. That God made the laws of the universe and that
there is nothing He cannot do. That He created natural law but that He is above ...
And woman is “the idlest part of God's Creation,” it is said. (And it is sung that only
slaves love women, ... That teeth were created for chewing, and that women “
exist solely for the propagation of the race.” That nature has made it natural for a
... to the snake is now observed. That each species was not fashioned separately
by God, it is concluded, and the species are not immutable. (And of this, it is put
forward that “it is derogatory that the Creator ... should have created each of ...
(That the gene is isolated and impenetrable by either will or design, That the
mutations which create new species are spontaneous and cannot be calculated,
it is admitted.) Still, it is hoped that the theory of mutation may make it possible to
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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