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Germaine GREER, Australian feminist and author.

Background

GREER, Germaine was born on January 29, 1939 in Melbourne. Daughter of Eric Reginald and Margaret May (Lafrank) Greer.

Education

Melbourne and Sydney Universities and Cambridge University, England.

Career

Assistant Lecturer then in English, Warwick University 1967-1972. Visiting Professor, Grad. Faculty of Modem Letters, University of Tulsa Fall 1979, Professor, of Modem Letters 1980-1983, Founder-Director of Tulsa Centre for the Study of Women's Literature, Founder-Editor Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 1981.

Director Stump Cross Books since 1988. Special Lecturer and Unofficial Fellow, Newnham College, Cambridge since 1988. Broadcast/joumalist 1972-1979.

Jt. Government Scholarship 1952, Diocesan Scholarship 1956, Senior Government Scholarship 1956, Teacher’s College Studentship 1956, Commonwealth Scholarship 1964. Numerous television appearances and public talks including discussion with Norman Mailer in The Theatre of Ideas, New York.

Politics

Over the years Greer has continued to self-identify as an anarchist or Marxist. In her books she has dealt very little with political labels of this type, but has reaffirmed her position in interviews. She stated on ABC Television in 2008 that "I ought to confess I suppose that I'm a Marxist. I think that reality comes first and ideology comes second," and elaborated later in the program to a question on whether feminism was the only successful revolution of the 20th century saying:

"The difficulty for me is that I believe in permanent revolution. I believe that once you change the power structure and you get an oligarchy that is trying to keep itself in power, you have all the illiberal features of the previous regime. What has to keep on happening is a constant process of criticism, renewal, protest and so forth."

Speaking on an interview for 3CR (an Australian community radio station), also in 2008, she described herself as "an old anarchist" and reaffirmed that opposition to "hierarchy and capitalism" were at the centre of her politics.

In January 2012, Greer appeared on the BBC television programme Question Time and affirmed her membership of the British Liberal Democrat party.

Views

Feminism

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Art history, English literature, feminism

Connections

father:
Eric Reginald

Husband (1968-1973):
Paul du Feu