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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This book could not have been written otherwise. ... 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; ...
... even men of high character.” And it is written that women have the defect of “
inordinate affections and passions” and overlively imaginations, and for this
reason young girls should not be taught Italian and Spanish, since books written
in both ...
(And it is written that women, on discovering that they have ovaries, are liable to
become arrogant through this knowledge.) And we seek dumbness And it is
decided that human knowledge and human power are one. That “in the womb of
(And it is also written that nature lives and breathes by crime. Hungers at her
pores for bloodshed. Aches in her nerves for sin. Yearns for cruelty. That she
kindles death out of life, and feeds with fresh blood the innumerable and
We are nature, we are told, without intelligence “All organic beings are exposed
to severe competition,” it is written. And it is observed that all creatures are
pressed into a struggle for existence That all the plants of a given country are at
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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