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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After publishing conversations with women who had had illegal abortions, I
decided to write about rape. ... who took as his subject precise, evocative
encounters with a wilderness full of intelligence, or Michael McClure writing I AM
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split open” Muriel Rukeyser had written, and that is what was happening. Since
poetry was my first medium, I felt at home in this genre. It seemed natural that I
should choose to write Woman and Nature as a series of prose poems (a form I
This lecture gave me the idea to write a book on the subject. Soon after that, at a
gathering in Berkeley, I was to meet the writer and historian of science Carolyn
Merchant who was working on a tangential subject, “women, ecology and the ...
I began writing this book roughly three years ago, after I was asked to deliver a
lecture on women and ecology. I was concerned that the ecological movement
had often placed the burden for solving its problems, those that this civilization
I will name a few who helped me with this writing. My editor, Fran McCullogh, has
been wise and supportive throughout this writing and I am deeply grateful for her
brilliance and her grace; Adrienne Rich, through her work and her profoundly ...
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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