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 good angels,” it is said, “hold cheap all the knowledge of material and
temporal matters which inflates the demon with pride.” And the demon resides in
the earth, it is decided, in Hell, under our feet. It is observed that women are
closer to ...
The word “hysterical” is taken from the word hyster, meaning womb, because it is
observed that the womb is the seat of the emotions (and women are more
emotional than men). That crying is womanish, it is observed, and that dramatic
For instance, it is observed that teeth appear in situations where they do not bite,
wings where they do not fly. (That ducks use wings as paddles, penguins as fins,
and the ostrich spreads its plumes like sails to the breeze.) And the passage by ...
And it is observed that woman is less evolved than man. Men and women differ
as much, it is observed, as plants and animals do. And men and animals
correspond just as women and plants correspond, for women develop more
placidly, like ...
And it is observed that the struggle for existence leads not only to extinction but
also to a diversity of form, that it “enlarges nature's domain.” The gene is
discovered. It is said that the progeny does not inherit the habit of the parent. (
That the ...
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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