Reading and Contesting Germaine Greer and Dennis Altman: The 1970s and Beyond

Piccini, Jon and Stevenson, Ana ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4858-1073 (2019) Reading and Contesting Germaine Greer and Dennis Altman: The 1970s and Beyond. In: The Far Left in Australia since 1945. Routledge Studies in Radical History and Politics. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), London, pp. 249-266. ISBN 9781138043855


Abstract

This chapter offers the first extended parallel analysis of the breadth of reaction, debate and change engendered by Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch (1970) and Dennis Altman’s Homosexual: Oppression and Liberation (1971). Examining both the people and reactions to their seminal works in the United States and Australia, it situates Greer and Altman as important ‘far-left exports’ of the 1970s. While The Female Eunuch and Homosexual appeared in a significant moment of rebellion and change, these were actually very different works in terms of composition and style. This chapter examines the varying responses to each – from everyday observers to the radical community, media heavyweights, and theologians – in both activist and mainstream print and visual media. The supportive and critical commentary surrounding Greer and Altman across the political spectrum thus places these Australian activists and celebrities in the context of the transnational far left, revealing the significance of their personal and textual legacies in the histories of Australia, the United States, and beyond.


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Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2022 23:33
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Germaine Greer, Denis Altman, Australian history, activism, social movements
Fields of Research (2020): 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430302 Australian history
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430309 Gender history
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430323 Transnational history
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130703 Understanding Australia’s past
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429487347-14
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/47475

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