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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It is decided that matter is transitory and illusory like the shadows on a wall cast
by firelight; that we dwell in a cave, in the cave of our flesh, which is also matter,
also illusory; it is decided that what is real is outside the cave, in a light brighter ...
“He who does not know mathematics cannot know any of the other sciences,” it is
said again, and it is decided that all truth can be found in mathematics, that the
true explanation is mathematics and fact merely evidence. That there are three ...
And it is decided that the angels live above the moon and aid God in the
movement of celestial spheres. “The good angels,” it is said, “hold cheap all the
knowledge of material and temporal matters which inflates the demon with pride.”
And the ...
It is decided that Vital Heat is the source of all vital activity, that this heat
emanates from God to the male of the species, and that this vital heat informs the
form of the species with maleness, whereas the female is too cold to effect this
And it is decided that God does not die. It is decided that God is the maker but
that he has no hands. It is decided that He created Harmony and Beauty but that
He has no ears, no eyes. That He is not corporeal nor is He matter, but He is ...
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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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - BLUEBELL - LibraryThing
reading this is an experience in itself, not a passing of the time Read full review