As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender, and Art
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As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender, and Art

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To Rebecca Solnit, the word "landscape" implies not only literal places, but also the ground on which we invent our lives and confront our innermost troubles and desires. The organic world, to Solnit, gives rise to the social, political, and philosophical landscapes we inhabit. As Eve Said to the Serpent skillfully weaves the natural world with the realm of art--its histor...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 17th 2003 by University of Georgia Press (first published April 2001)
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Janie
". . . if environmental problems are really cultural problems -- about the nature of our desires and our perceptions -- then a crucial territory to explore or transform is the territory of the mind." Sounds simple, right?
This is a comprehensive analysis of our evolving relationship with the landscape and how it plays out in our experience as artists. The book begins with the story of Eden and the fall of man and continues forward in time, exploring the influence of the early radical thinkers of...more
Sam
Rebecca Solnit has a talent for linking disparate ideas in ways that make sense. This is the second book of hers that I've read and I would recommend them both. In this book, I especially enjoy her analysis of calendars (of women and nature). This particular example is both common and noteworthy; there are few places where the connection of these two constructs are more apparent.
Jana
An excellent collection of essays on feminism as it relates to built and natural environments. Somewhere along the way, I lost / sold / exchanged this book as I do with so many... only, this is one I'd soon like to buy back. Every time I read or re-read one of her essays, I was inspired in my own work.
Allison
It has its moments, but fails to come together. I'm always impressed with her style, but this one was not my favorite.
Joe
I will read more Solnit. Since I've checked this book out I've seen her writing everywhere.
Beth
Excellent discussion of Art, landscape and gender. Solnit is a brilliant writer -
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Rebecca Solnit (b. 1961) is the author of numerous books, including Hope in the Dark, River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West, Wanderlust: A History of Walking, and As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender, and Art, which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. In 2003, she received the prestigious Lannan Literary Award.
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