The Female Eunuch.

GREER Germaine (1970.)

£250.00 

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Advance proof copy. 8vo (215 x 130mm). 354, pp. Original plain brown paper wrappers, printed paper label on upper cover (upper cover slightly marked and creased, with the trace of a cup ring, with further staining to the lower wrappers and the last few pages of text, otherwise a very good copy). London, MacGibbon & Kee.

Germaine Greer's first published book, a landmark contribution to feminist philosophy that was both extremely influential and exceedingly popular. An international bestseller overnight, it sold out its second print run and was translated into eight languages within six months.

It is a mixture of scholarship and stream of consciousness, with analyses of classical literature and philosophy peppered with references both cultural and autobiographical, amounting to a incendiary, populist polemic and rallying cry for the women's liberation movement. Greer's critique centres on the twentieth-century consumerist model of the 'nuclear family', focusing on the ways in which patriarchal mythologies of romance, marriage and motherhood express femininity in terms of submissive and confining societal roles, ultimately serving to devitalise and restrict women's sexuality and identity. 

The Female Eunuch is in many ways a truly revolutionary text, reflecting none of the reformism of Betty Friedan’s National Organization for Women, but instead calling for the immediate overhaul of patriarchy and capitalism. Its legacy is not simply the popularisation of the feminist movement, but the significant contribution it made to theoretical traditional of the radical feminism of the 1970s.

Stock Code: 224266

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