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Germaine Greer, 1988

Jacqueline Mitelman

gelatin silver photograph on paper

Germaine Greer (b. 1939) is the author of a basic text of the feminist revolution, The Female Eunuch (1971), which examines the ways in which passivity in women has been encouraged. Born in Melbourne and educated there and in Sydney, Greer has not lived in Australia since the 1960s, but she remains one of the country’s best-known expatriates. For nearly forty years she has been an international academic and media personality and a truculent spokesperson on women’s issues; thousands of fans and foes await her next provocative pronouncement. While her academic specialization is sixteenth and seventeenth century literature, her diverse books include The Obstacle Race (1979), about women painters; Sex and Destiny (1984), about the politics of fertility; Daddy, We Hardly Knew You (1989), an autobiography; The Change (1991), about menopause; and The Beautiful Boy (2003), about the representation of boys in art. Her recent book White Beech is an account of her efforts to restore rainforest vegetation to a one-time dairy farm in southern Queensland. In 2013, the University of Melbourne began the process of acquiring and cataloguing Greer’s great collection of papers, including a rich trove of letters.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999
© Jacqueline Mitelman

Accession number: 1999.72

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Jacqueline Mitelman (age 36 in 1988)

Germaine Greer (age 49 in 1988)

Subject professions

Activism

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On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.