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Critical overview and conclusion

Susan Watkins

in Doris Lessing

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074813
eISBN:
9781781703274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074813.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Before she won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007, Doris Lessing's reputation (in the UK at least) was looking rather shaky. Many commentaries on the Nobel Prize focused on The Golden Notebook as ... More


Contexts and intertexts

Susan Watkins

in Doris Lessing

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074813
eISBN:
9781781703274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074813.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Doris Lessing's In Pursuit of the English (1960), based on her experiences on first arriving in England from Southern Rhodesia and trying to find somewhere to live, provides an excellent point of ... More


The voice of authority?

Susan Watkins

in Doris Lessing

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074813
eISBN:
9781781703274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074813.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

In 1979, Doris Lessing published Shikasta, the first novel in her Canopus in Argos: Archives quintet (1979–1983) and her first novel written entirely in the speculative mode. Science fiction (SF) has ... More


Going ‘home’: exile and nostalgia in the writing of Doris Lessing

Susan Watkins

in Doris Lessing

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074813
eISBN:
9781781703274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074813.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Doris Lessing's key novels of the period 1945–1960 examine the years leading up to World War II and the early to middle years of the war itself. The umbrella title of the five-volume novel sequence ... More


The politics of loss: melancholy cosmopolitanism

Susan Watkins

in Doris Lessing

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074813
eISBN:
9781781703274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074813.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

What must strike any reader of Doris Lessing's 1962 novel, The Golden Notebook, is the extent to which its protagonist, AnnaWulf, has been affected by the experience of loss. Anna's attempt to ... More


Sweet dreams and rememories: narrating nation and identity

Susan Watkins

in Doris Lessing

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074813
eISBN:
9781781703274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074813.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Working on the two volumes of her autobiography, Under My Skin (1994) and Walking in the Shade (1997), must have heightened Doris Lessing's interest in the question of how to narrate the past. In ... More


Writing in a minor key: Doris Lessing’s late-twentieth-century fiction

Susan Watkins

in Doris Lessing

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074813
eISBN:
9781781703274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074813.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Doris Lessing's late twentieth-century fiction has often provoked and discomfited. Some readers of The Fifth Child (1988), its sequel Ben, in the World (2000) and Lessing's 1999 novel Mara and Dann ... More


After‐Lives: Postmodern Experiments in Meta‐Auto/biografiction: Sartre, Nabokov, Lessing, Byatt

Max Saunders

in Self Impression: Life-Writing, Autobiografiction, and the Forms of Modern Literature

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199579761
eISBN:
9780191722882
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579761.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This shorter chapter is a coda considering the afterlife of modernism's engagements with life‐writings covered in Part II. It begins by sketching how the ideas traced in this study of imaginary ... More


Lessing’s Interruptions

Tom Sperlinger

in Doris Lessing and the Forming of History

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781474414432
eISBN:
9781474426923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414432.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter offers the first substantial exploration of Doris Lessing’s typescripts, showing how they complicate commonly-held views that she wrote too quickly and edited too little. It reads ... More


Doris Lessing’s Evolutionary Epic

Clare Hanson

in Genetics and the Literary Imagination

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780198813286
eISBN:
9780191851278
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198813286.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Chapter 1 reads Doris Lessing’s space fiction sequence Canopus in Argus: Archives as a critical response to the sociobiology controversy of the 1970s. It argues that Lessing deploys the Sufi theory ... More


Doris Lessing and the Forming of History

Kevin Brazil, David Sergeant, and Tom Sperlinger (eds)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781474414432
eISBN:
9781474426923
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414432.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

The death of Nobel Prize-winning Doris Lessing sparked a range of commemorations that cemented her place as one of the major figures of twentieth- and twenty-first- century world literature. This ... More


Life-Righting and Magical Thinking

David James

in Discrepant Solace: Contemporary Literature and the Work of Consolation

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780198789758
eISBN:
9780191831447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198789758.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, Criticism/Theory

In Chapter 5 parallel or potential fortunes become the dramatic subject and aesthetic trigger for texts that enter the consolatory scene of magical thinking: Joan Didion’s now-iconic The Year of ... More


Early Lessing, Commitment, the World

Adam Guy

in Doris Lessing and the Forming of History

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781474414432
eISBN:
9781474426923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414432.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter begins by looking at the notions of writerly commitment formulated in Lessing’s essay ‘The Small Personal Voice’ (1957). Lessing’s ideas on commitment are then compared to those emerging ... More


Doris Lessing

Susan Watkins

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074813
eISBN:
9781781703274
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074813.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This study examines the writing career of the respected and prolific novelist Doris Lessing, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007 and who has recently published what she has ... More


Readers of Fiction and Readers in Fiction: Readership and The Golden Notebook

Sophia Barnes

in Doris Lessing and the Forming of History

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781474414432
eISBN:
9781474426923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414432.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook is peopled by fictional readers who interpret and challenge the texts of others within a layered and ontologically unstable narrative frame. While the novel’s ... More


‘A funny thing laughter, what’s it for?’: Humour and Form in Lessing’s Fiction

Cornelius Collins

in Doris Lessing and the Forming of History

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781474414432
eISBN:
9781474426923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414432.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

The notion of Lessing, as Joan Didion once wrote, as a ‘didactic’ writer implies that her writing cannot be funny. But if the radical otherness of her outlook as a former colonial subject prevents ... More


Sequence, Series and Character in Children of Violence

Kevin Brazil

in Doris Lessing and the Forming of History

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781474414432
eISBN:
9781474426923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414432.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

Explorations of selfhood have been central to Lessing’s work. Perhaps less recognized, however, is that this has been accompanied by an ongoing and highly self-conscious exploration of the function ... More


The Politics of Form: The Golden Notebook and Women’s Radical Literary Tradition

Rowena Kennedy-Epstein

in Doris Lessing and the Forming of History

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781474414432
eISBN:
9781474426923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414432.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

In A Proper Marriage (1954), Martha Quest wants to ‘break the nightmare of repetition’ that has shaped the twentieth century — the seemly unending cycle of patriarchy, nationalism, war, colonialism, ... More


Lessing’s Witness Literature

Elizabeth Maslen

in Doris Lessing and the Forming of History

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781474414432
eISBN:
9781474426923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414432.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter takes as its starting point World War One, its traumatic effect on Lessing’s parents, and the ongoing effect of their traumas on Lessing herself; and goes on to explore how these issues ... More


A Catastrophic Universe: Lessing, Posthumanism and Deep History

Clare Hanson

in Doris Lessing and the Forming of History

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781474414432
eISBN:
9781474426923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414432.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter explores the shift in Lessing’s work from social realism to an experimental approach to genre and argues that it is inseparable from the expansion of the scope of her later fiction, from ... More


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