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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The energy of a man is said to be like the power of the iron horse. (And the train
to the track is said to be like the man to his wife.) It is discovered that animal heat
results from the combustion of nutriment. (And it is calculated that if both the ...
Rules for mobilizing and multiplying personal energy are published. Men “are
naturally and practically indolent and ... need powerful stimulants and heavy
pressure to awaken their powers and call forth exertions,” it is said. Cures are
From the phosphorescent effects on the glass walls of a charged tube, a particle
of energy is discovered. This particle is smaller than the atom, it is said, and it is
in the atom, it is suggested, and this particle is called the electron. (The atom is ...
(Mass changes at greater speeds; energy has weight.) It is articulated that matter
is a form of energy. That there is no difference in kind between matter and energy
, except that matter stores greater energy, and energy has a smaller mass.
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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