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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LAND HER CHANGING FACE Territory I saw everything as no man had ever
seen before. . . . I felt like an explorer in medicine who first views a new and
important territory. MARION SIMS, M.D. (on the invention of the speculum)
Consider Him ...
JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost He wandered like a forgotten ghost that has
passed into the land of the spirits. JOHN JAMES AUDUBON, “The Lost One”
Suddenly he finds he cannot see. He is surrounded by fog and the grass is taller
than he is ...
She knew this land which they had never seen before, for which they had no
maps. She told them she had lived in this land as a child, that she had been
taken from this place, from her girlhood. Where they were afraid they could not go
on, she ...
He is cast over with weariness and yet the land, he sees, is not tired, she is
constantly renewed, as if his passage meant nothing to her, and her indifference
seems to him a relentless cruelty of nothingness in the face of his search. But he
His land is a mother. She smiles on the joys of her children. She feeds him
generously. Again and again, in his hunger, he returns to her. Again and again
she gives to him. She is his mother. Her powers are a mystery to him. Silently she
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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