The Dialogic Self

Author: Roxanne J. Fand
Publisher: Susquehanna University Press
ISBN: 9781575910222
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Addresses the dilemma of the female subject in these three twentieth-century British women novelists.

Doris Lessing

Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 0791074412
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Essays of critical interpretation portray views of Doris Lessing's work, including "The Golden Notebook," "Marriages," and "The Grass is Singing."

Doris Lessing and the Forming of History

Author: Kevin Brazil
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 1474414443
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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 volume views Lessing's writing as a whole and in retrospect, focusing on her innovative attempts to rework literary form to engage with the challenges thrown up by the sweeping historical changes through which she lived. The 12 original chapters provide new readings of Lessing's work via contexts ranging from post-war youth politics and radical women's writing to European cinema, analyse her experiments with genres from realism to autobiography and science-fiction, and draw on previously unstudied archive material. The volume also explores how Lessing's writing can provide insight into some of the issues now shaping twenty-first century scholarship - including trauma, ecocriticism, the post-human, and world literature - as they emerge as defining challenges to our own present moment in history.

Doris Lessing and Sufi Equilibrium

Author: S. Fahim
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230375227
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The purpose of this study is to examine the rationale of Doris Lessing's development from Classical Realism to mysticism and forms of science fiction and to consider the unifying motifs that appear throughout her novels in her consistent search for Sufi Equilibrium. The four novels selected in this study represent significant stages in Lessing's work. Chapter one focuses on The Grass is Singing, which represents the author's early traditionally realistic writing, to show how far the preoccupations of Lessing's later novels find expression in this early work. Chapter two studies The Golden Notebook, which marks a turning point in formal structure in Lessing's canon and is selected as evidence of her interest in Sufism at that early stage. Chapter three concentrates on the study of The Memoirs of a Survivor, which has elicited a comparatively limited amount of criticism but which proves to be a major achievement when brought into line with Sufi methods of writing. Chapter four considers Lessing's science fiction series, 'Canopus in Argos', tracing sources from Oriental literature - a key which unlocks many areas of obscurity.

In Pursuit of Doris Lessing

Author: Claire Sprague
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1349207543
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The phenomenon of Doris Lessing's global reputation and readership is addressed for the first time in In Pursuit of Doris Lessing through a series of essays that also provide a provocative overview of Lessing's long career from The Grass Is Singing, the first of a series of African and woman-centered politically radical works, to her latest galactic and politically conservative works. Nine different Lessings emerge from these essays, forcing us to question received propositions about the universality of literature and the stability of the text and uncovering and recovering in the process the pungent, variable, controversial Lessing who has been and remains as international and transcultural as she is African and English.