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Germaine Greer is an Australian academic and journalist, and a major feminist voice of the mid-twentieth century. She gained her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1967. She is Professor Emerita of English Literature and Comparative Studies at the University of Warwick. Greer's ideas have created controversy ever since The Female Eunuch became an international bestseller in 1970. She is the author of many other books including Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility (1984); The Change: Women, Ageing and the Menopause (1991); Shakespeare's Wife (2007); and The Whole Woman (1999).
One bright day in December 2001, sixty-two-year-old Germaine Greer found herself confronted by an irresistible challenge in the shape of sixty hectares of dairy farm, one of many in south-east Queensland that, after a century of logging, clearing and downright devastation, had been abandoned to their fate. She didn't think for a minute that by restoring the land she was saving the world. She was in search of heart's ease. Beyond the acres of exotic pasture grass and soft weed and the impenetrable curtains of tangled Lantana canes there were Macadamias dangling their strings of unripe nuts, and Black Beans with red and yellow pea flowers growing on their branches . and the few remaining White Beeches, stupendous trees up to forty metres in height, logged out within forty years of the arrival of the first white settlers. To have turned down even a faint chance of bringing them back to their old haunts would have been to succumb to despair. Once the process of rehabilitation had begun, the chance proved to be a dead certainty. When the first replanting shot up to make a forest and rare caterpillars turned up to feed on the leaves of the new young trees, she knew beyond doubt that at least here biodepletion could be reversed. Greer describes herself as an old dog who succeeded in learning a load of new tricks, inspired and rejuvenated by her passionate love of Australia and of Earth, most exuberant of small planets.
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 triumphant denouement, yet scholars persist in believing that his own wife was resented and even hated by him. Here Germaine Greer strives to re-embed the story of their marriage in its social context and presents new hypotheses about the life of the farmer's daughter who married our greatest poet. This is a daring, insightful book that asks new questions, opens new fields of investigation and research, and rights the wrongs done to Ann Shakespeare.
M8 F11. A bathhouse steam room. Period Ancient Greek Athens is in the grip of a futile, destructive war with Sparta and its men are fighting abroad, taken away from their wives and families for long periods at a time. The women of Athens have had enough. At dawn, in a men's bathhouse, leading society woman Lysistrata gathers an assembly of Athenian and Spartan women to discuss negotiating a peace treaty. Their tactics are simple: they will refuse their men sex until peace is declared. Germaine Greer and Phil Willmott's wonderful adaptation of Aristophanes' play treads expertly between the tremendous and the tacky ( Observer ). With Carry On characters, a cartoon-style set, raunchy dialogue and bawdy action performed to a soundtrack of Marilyn Monroe and Julie London, the serious subject of war remains prominent amid the humour in this battle of the sexes. Fast, broad, silly and profound. ( Independent on Sunday ).
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 constructed and dazzlingly illustrated themes, ranging from the boy as a passive love object to soldier boys, from the boy under the female gaze to `what is a boy?', Germaine Greer opens our eyes and invites us to appreciate boys in all their sensuality, flirtatiousness and vulnerability.
THIRTY YEARS AFTER THE FEMALE EUNUCH, GERMAINE GREER RETURNS TO THE SUBJECT OF FEMINISM, WITH THE BOOK SHE VOWED SHE WOULD NEVER WRITE. Germaine Greer proclaims that the time has come to get angry again! Modern feminism has become the victim of unenlightened complacency, and what started out in the Sixties as a movement for liberation has become one that has sought and settled for equality. With fiery rhetoric, authoritative insight, outrageous humour and broad-ranging debate, Greer shows that, although women have indeed come a very long way in the last thirty years, the notion of our 'having it all' has disguised the persistent discrimination and exploitation that continues to exist for women in the basic areas of health, sex, politics, economics and marketing. Erudite, eccentric, provocative and invigorating, Germaine Greer once again sets the agenda for the future of feminism. Here is all the polemical power that sold over a million copies of The Female Eunuch and kept its author at the heart of controversy ever since. The Whole Woman was a No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller for five weeks and was hailed by the critics as a 'polemical bomb' (Guardian) and as required reading for thinking adults everywhere.
In Lines of Life: 101 Poems by 101 Women Germaine Greer brings together poems 'written from the point of view of a woman and most of them about being female.' This wonderful collection explores a range of female poets from the sixteenth century to the present day and celebrates what it is like to be a woman, from declarations of wifely appreciation to rueful reflections on the vicissitudes of love, from the complications of childbirth and rearing to the necessary labour of writing. Greer's selection of these is a sampling of the variousness of voices and includes writers who have often been overwhelmed in history by their male counterparts. Above all it conveys Greer's commitment and contribution to the history of women's writing.
June 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. On My Bookshelf by Isabel Allende... The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer gave me the language to express the anger I had as a young woman living in a patriarchy. Feminism has marked my life for the better, and it all started with this book.
Marianne Moore said that the poet's job was to depict imaginary gardens with real toads in them . In truth, gardens are always imaginary because they are always the garden that you are aiming for rather than the garden you have, but the toads are real and immediate.' So says Germaine Greer in this wonderful anthology. A collection of poems culled from all periods, ranging from Roman to Mediaeval poetry, and including the best known paean, Marvell's 'The Garden', Tennyson's comic 'Amphion', and Donne's meditations on individual flowers, herbs and trees, this is a book of beautiful texts and intriguing information that can be read along with the seed catalogues in the dead of winter, or in the gaps between tasks on a busy day in spring, or between snoozes in the hammock in the deep midsummer.
Renowned author and cultural commentator Germaine Greer has put together an anthology to celebrate poems written by women through the ages. 101 Poems by Women is a new anthology of women's poetry from the seventeenth century to the present day. In brief compass, this selection offers a personal choice, ranging through the spectrum of poetry in the English language, and distilled from Germaine Greer's pioneering commitment and scholarly contribution to the history of women's writing.
If men and women are equally capable of genius, why have there been no female artists of the stature of Leonardo, Titian or Poussin? In seeking to answer this question, Germaine Greer introduces us to major but underestimated figures in the history of Western painting--Angelica Kauffmann, Natalia Goncharova, Suzanne Valadon, Berthe Morisot, Kathe KOllwitz--and produces a brilliantly incisive and richly illustrated study. She explains the obstacles as both external and surmountable and internal and insurmountable in the race for achievement.
Written by a renowned scholar and broadcaster, this account of Wilmot's work strives to place it in its socio-political context and describe the way the poet and his work were co-opted after his premature death to serve contrasting political agendas.
The 50th Anniversary edition of the ground-breaking, worldwide bestselling feminist tract. 'The Female Eunuch retains that power of transformation; it asserts the possibility of creativity within female experience' Guardian A worldwide bestseller, translated into over twelve languages, The Female Eunuch is a landmark in the history of the women's movement. Drawing liberally from history, literature and popular culture, past and present, Germaine Greer's searing examination of women's oppression is at once an important social commentary and a passionately argued masterpiece of polemic. Probably the most famous, most widely read book on feminism ever.