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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I begin the book by tracing a history of patriarchy's judgments about the nature of
matter, or the nature of nature, and place these judgments side by side,
chronologically, with men's opinions about the nature of women throughout
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 ...
corporeal nor is He matter, but He is ultimate reality. That he exists absolutely
and infinitely. That he is dependent on no other being. That He was not born.
That He has no mother. He is the Father. He will not die. And it is said that God is
Space-time, it is conceived, curves around matter. And the universe is shaped by
its content: stars, moon, earth, galaxies, shape the space around them. And there
is no such thing, it is agreed, as empty space, or time without change.
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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