Vagabonding : feminist thinking cut loose /
Christina Thürmer-Rohr ; translated by Lise Weil.
Boston : Beacon Press, c1991.
xvii, 220 p. ; 23 cm.
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Boston : Beacon Press, c1991.
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Translation of: Vagabundinnen.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-220).
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1991-06-07:
Women, supposed experts in forgiveness and passivity, share complicity in men's crimes against the female sex and the earth, asserts Thurmer-Rohr. A women's studies professor in Berlin, she urges women to view ``great men in power'' as mental and moral cripples who have brought us to the brink of eco-suicide. She also counsels women to go beyond ``regressive self-dramatization,'' dependency on men and ``episodic consciousness restricted to the present.'' First published in Germany in 1987, this collection of essays includes an analysis of German females' alliance with male-defined goals under Nazism, a meditation on Chernobyl and women's repression of anger, and a debunking of New Age wishful thinking and eco-feminism. Despite their occasionally shrill tone and sometimes convoluted syntax, these provocative essays should have a liberating effect on women's (and men's) thoughts and feelings. (Aug.)
Appeared in Library Journal on 1991-08:
Thurmer-Rohr, a professor of women's studies, analyzes women's complicity in man's destruction of the environment. Women have exonerated men for their crimes in order to keep their home in male society. They believe they have no other place to call their own; that there is no other realm of possibility as it is dangerous for women to live without protection. Negating men's doings, separating from the patriarchal female morality and the delusionary affirmation of men, in other words ``vagabonding,'' is the only possibility for change. Leaving the home that was never really theirs is the homelessness of vagabonding. Thurmer-Rohr's book is powerful, because it goes beyond our sympathy for the victim, leaving no room for justification of women's inactive role in male society. Published in Germany in 1987, this translation by Weil is guaranteed to be a controversial, provocative voice in U.S. women's studies. Essential for all women's studies curricula.-- Paula Arnold, Norwich Univ. Lib., Northfield, Vt.
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