Wednesday 30 October 2019
AN EVENING WITH GERMAINE GREER
In Conversation with BBC Reporter Stephen Chittenden
Join Germaine Greer and Stephen Chittenden as they take a look at Germaine's life, books and philosophy.
Germaine Greer (born 29 January 1939) is an Australian writer and public intellectual, regarded as one of the major voices of the second-wave feminist movement in the latter half of the 20th century. Specializing in English and women's literature, she has held academic positions in England at the University of Warwick and Newnham College, Cambridge and in the United States at the University of Tulsa. Based in England since 1964, she has divided her time since the 2000 between Australia and her home in Essex.
Greer's ideas have created controversy ever since her first book, The Female Eunuch (1970), made her a household name. An international bestseller and a watershed text in the feminist movement, the book offered a systematic deconstruction of ideas such as womanhood and femininity, arguing that women are forced to assume submissive roles in society to fulfil male fantasies of what being a woman entails.conditioned to deny their own sexuality and play an artificial and taxing set of roles as goddess, mother and menial.
Her work since then has focussed on literature, feminism and the environment. She has written over 20 books, including Sex and Destiny (1984), The Change (1991, revised edition pending), The Whole Woman (1999), and Shakespeare's Wife (2007). Her 2013 book, White Beech: The Rainforest Years, describes her efforts to restore an area of rainforest in the Numinbah Valley in Australia. In addition to her academic work and activism, she has been a prolific columnist for The Sunday Times , The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Spectator, The Independent and The Oldie among others.