Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer’s The Obstacle Race: The Fortunes of Women Painters and Their Work has been reissued. She teaches English at the University of Warwick.

Horror like Thunder: Lucy Hutchinson

Germaine Greer, 21 June 2001

In 1679 a small book with the resonant title Order and Disorder; or, the world made and undone was published in London. The title was intended to touch a nerve. The Restoration crisis had never gone away; memories of the disorder of the Civil War and Interregnum were still green. Peers and Commons were united in their struggle to exclude a Catholic heir to the throne, while the travelling...

Doomed to Sincerity: Rochester as New Man

Germaine Greer, 16 September 1999

For his half-niece Anne Wharton, writing immediately after his death in 1680 at the age of 33, the poet Rochester was the guide who would have led her ‘right in wisdom’s way’.

The Greer Method

Mary Beard, 24 October 2019

What is driving these attacks? Why are her critics so determined to deplore and ridicule? What lies behind the selective misreading that turns a provocative pamphlet, no more flawed than many others of...

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We know little for sure about Shakespeare’s wife and what she was like, and even less about their marriage, other than that Ann Hathaway gave birth to three children: Susanna in 1583 and...

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Cuddlesome: Germaine Greer

Jenny Diski, 8 January 2004

The problem​ with being a dedicated social trouble-maker who has not self-destructed is that, as the decades roll by, the society you wish to irritate gets used to you and even begins to regard...

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Stubble and Breath: Mother Germaine

Linda Colley, 15 July 1999

It is now almost thirty years since the publication of The Female Eunuch, and like most women of my age and background, I remember buying a copy. In my case, it was the famous paperback version,...

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Poxy Doxies

Margaret Anne Doody, 14 December 1995

This is an interesting, infuriating, brilliant, maddening book. In short, it is a work by Germaine Greer, who prefers (or so one sometimes thinks) anything to stagnation. The title is taken from...

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Sylvia Lawson, 20 April 1989

Fervently hoping to be proved wrong, I think this marvellous book is all too likely to be denied the reception and the uses it deserves. Two things especially stand in its way: the celebrity...

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Carolyn Steedman, 4 December 1986

This is the year of the collected essays of many women. Six years of Ann Oakley’s lectures and occasional writings on medical sociology have recently been published, together with some of...

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Thought Control

Michael Mason, 15 March 1984

Germaine Greer has three main propositions to advance in her new book. These are, first, that genital, recreational sex is overvalued in our culture. Second, that birth-control programmes in the...

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The One-Eyed World of Germaine Greer

Brigid Brophy, 22 November 1979

‘Why portable paintings have acquired such prestige is not immediately obvious, especially because we have all grown up taking their prestigiousness for granted and calling other art forms,...

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