Germaine Greer is one of the most enduring and influential figures of the second wave of the women’s movement. The Female Eunuch (1970) is one of second-wave feminism’s most widely recognised publications and its author has come to embody and indeed expand our understanding of second-wave feminism in a way that few others have. Yet, while Greer’s public visibility never seems to wane, her writings and her politics have failed to attract the kind of sustained critical engagement they warrant. This volume represents the first collection of essays to examine Greer, her politics, her writing, and her status as a feminist celebrity. The essays in this collection cover The Female Eunuch (1970), Greer’s public rivalry with Arianna Stassinopoulos, her time in America, her ideas and politics, and her styling as feminist fashion icon. Many essays include new insights drawn from previously unseen material in the recently launched Germaine Greer Archive at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
This book was originally published as a Special Issue of Australian Feminist Studies.
Introduction - Greer now: editorial Anthea Taylor with Maryanne Dever and Lisa Adkins
1. ‘Revolution for the hell of it’: the transatlantic genesis and serial provocations of The Female Eunuch Marilyn Lake
2. The record keeper Rachel Buchanan
3. Resurrecting Germaine’s theory of cuntpower Megan Le Masurier
4. Germaine Greer’s ‘arch enemy’: Arianna Stassinopoulos’ 1974 Australian tour Isobelle Barrett Meyering
5. ‘If we had more like her we would no longer be the unheard majority’: Germaine Greer’s reception in the United States Rebecca J. Sheehan
6. A feminist fashion icon: Germaine Greer’s paisley coat Petra Mosmann
7. The second best bed, or the female unique? Germaine Greer’s unlikely championing of love and marriage in Shakespeare’s Wife Donald McManus