Thursday, 15 August 2013

33 - Greene/Lovelace/Greer

Germaine Greer. The Dalton Syndrome ~1981. The syndrome is usually known as PMS, but Greer names it after a Dr Dalton, who spent her career on premenstrual syndrome, treating it with progesterone, and keeping women who did terrible things out of prison using PMS as their defence. Greer's argument about PMS and the underlying mysogyny is a powerful one.

Richard Lovelace. To Althea from Prison. A poem about liberty, famous for the lines:
Stone walls do not a prison make
Nor iron bars a cage
Graham Greene. Brother (1936). A powerful story about powerlessness in the face of external conflicts. A group of communists enter a cafe and demand drink but don't pay. Then the police come with their guns and drive the communists away, and then they demand drink. The proprietor has empathy for the communists and the Germans with them, but he is trapped and powerless with both groups.

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