Germaine Greer

Major feminist voice of the mid-20th century...

Germaine Greer

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Date of birth: 29 January 1939

Germaine Greer is an Australian academic and journalist and was a major feminist voice of the mid-20th century. Greer's ideas have created controversy ever since her book The Female Eunuch became an international bestseller in 1970, turning her into a household name and bringing her both adulation and opposition. She is also the author of many other books, including Shakespeare's Wife, White Beech, and The Whole Woman.

Greer was born in Melbourne in 1939, the eldest of three children. She grew up in the bayside suburb of Mentone. Her father was a newspaper advertising representative who served in the wartime RAAF. After attending a private convent school, Star of the Sea College, in Gardenvale, she won a teaching scholarship in 1956 and enrolled at the University of Melbourne. She left home permanently due to conflict with her parents. After graduating with a degree in English and French language and literature in 1959, she moved to Sydney.

Greer has defined her goal of 'women's liberation' as distinct from 'equality with men.' She asserts that women's liberation meant embracing gender differences in a positive fashion - a struggle for the freedom of women to define their own values, order thier own priorities and determine their own fates. In contrast, Greer sees equality as mere assimilation and 'settling' to live the lives of 'unfree men'. Greer's various views, not just those related to feminism, have attracted controversy throughout her career.

Following the success of The Female Eunuch, Greer resigned her post at the University of Warwick in 1972 after travelling the world to promote her book.

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White Beech

White Beech

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For years I had wandered Australia with an aching heart. Everywhere I had ever travelled across the vast expanse of the fabulous country where I was born I had seen devastation, denuded hills, eroded slopes, weeds from all over the world, feral...
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White Beech: The Rainforest Years

White Beech: The Rainforest Years (Hardback)

by Dr. Germaine Greer

Format: Hardback 384 pages
Published: 30/01/2014
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For years I had wandered Australia with an aching heart. Everywhere I had ever travelled across the vast expanse of the fabulous country where I was... Read more

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Shakespeare's Wife

Shakespeare's Wife (Paperback)

by Dr. Germaine Greer

Format: Paperback 416 pages
Published: 01/09/2008
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

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Little is known of the wife of England's greatest playwright. In play after play Shakespeare presents the finding of a worthy wife as a... Read more

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The Female Eunuch - Harper Perennial Modern Classics (Paperback)

by Dr. Germaine Greer

Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 15/05/2006
Publisher: HarperPerennial

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A new cover re-issue of the ground-breaking, worldwide bestselling feminist tract. A worldwide bestseller, translated into over twelve languages,... Read more

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Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction - Very Short Introductions

Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction - Very Short Introductions (Paperback)

by Dr. Germaine Greer

Format: Paperback 168 pages
Published: 21/02/2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Germaine Greer examines Shakespeare's plays in detail, showing how he dramatized moral and intellectual issues in such a way that his audience... Read more

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The Boy

The Boy (Paperback)

by Dr. Germaine Greer

Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 16/04/2007
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd

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This is a genuinely groundbreaking work which has changed the way we look at boys in art, in literature and in life. In a series of carefully... Read more

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Lysistrata: The Sex Strike

Lysistrata: The Sex Strike (Paperback)

by Phil Willmott, et al.

Format: Paperback 104 pages
Published: 16/03/2000
Publisher: Aurora Metro Publications

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Lysistrata, the play's heroine persuades the women to barricade themselves inside a building, refusing to give their husbands sex until they... Read more

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