Germaine Greer

(b. 1939) Australian feminist and writer

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(1939– )

Australian-born feminist writer.

Germaine Greer was born in Melbourne and went to Melbourne and Sydney universities before moving to England to study at Cambridge. She was appointed as English lecturer at Warwick University (1968–73), and soon afterwards achieved celebrity with the publication of The Female Eunuch (1970), a devastating exposé of women's frustration and subservience in a male-dominated society. Hailed as a leading figure in the women's movement of the 1970s, she wrote numerous feminist articles and gave talks and TV appearances to propound her case, including a well-publicized public debate with Norman Mailer. Sex and Destiny: the Politics of Human Fertility (1984) to some extent retracts her earlier optimism about the sexual revolution, presenting sexual freedom as a destructive rather than a liberating force in society. Subsequent publications include Shakespeare (1986), the autobiographical Daddy, We Hardly Knew You (1989), and The Change (1991), about women's experience of the menopause. In 1998 her publishers announced that she was working on a polemic entitled The Whole Woman, a sequel to The Female Eunuch in which her disagreement with much contemporary feminist thought would be made clear.

Subjects: Literature.

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