Interrogating the Times
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: The Ohio State University Press
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Title Page, copyright
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We would like to express grateful acknowledgment to doris Lessing Stud-ies. an earlier, shorter version of Suzette henke’s chapter was published in dLS 26.1 (Summer 2006) in a special issue titled “Teaching Doris lessing.” an earlier, shorter version of Susan Watkins’s chapter appears in dLS 25.2 (Winter 2006). ruth O. Saxton’s paper first appeared in dLS 24.1 and 2 ...
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...in the wake of lessing’s winning the 2007 nobel Prize for literature, a flurry of discussion began querying her relevance to the twenty-first century. most notably, harold bloom notoriously told the associated Press, “although ms lessing at the beginning of her writing career had a few admirable quali-ties, i find her work for the past 15 years quite unreadable.”1 he added ...
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Notes for Proteus
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In the early 1970s British novelist Margaret Drabble called Doris Lessing “Cassandra in a world under siege” for her uncanny ability to anticipate social and political trends well before they were recognized as part of the Zeitgeist.1 Four decades later, the observation still holds. One example of...
“Anon,” “Free Women,” and thePleasures of Impersonality
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Doris lessing, in her 1971 introduction to the Golden Notebook, famously resists the ways in which her novel was “belittled, by friendly reviewers as well as by hostile ones, as being about the sex war, or was claimed by women as a useful weapon in the sex war.”1 in the nearly forty years since she made this complaint, lessing has made similarly controversial comments in which ...
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...a 1960s london household is anchored by a wise, empathetic maternal fig-ure, inhabited by an intergenerational affinitive family of intellectuals and misfits, artists and politicos, washed by the successive tides of the Zeitgeist, rocked by revolutions in africa and europe. The great house is more than a microcosm; rather it is a laboratory for the utopian hypotheses of the mid-...
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“What Is the Function of theStoryteller?”
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...in an interview with Christopher bigsby in 1980, Doris lessing raises a crucial question: “why do we tell stories? What is the function of the sto-ryteller?”1 She admits that it “is a thought that [she] can’t come to terms with.”2 it is a thought that lessing has, however, tried to come to terms with on several occasions throughout her career in her interviews and essays and, ...
London and Kabul
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With the destruction of the Twin Towers, discussions related to terrorism have reverberated on global mass media outlets and moved to the forefront of academic discourse. it is in the context of this debate about contemporary (new-millennial) political violence that it is timely to reread and question Doris lessing’s earlier explorations and evaluations of the terrorist enterprise ...
The Porous Border between Fact andFiction, Empathy and Identification inDoris Lessing’s The Cleft
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...as she approaches the end of her ninth decade, Doris lessing continues to search for new and appropriate forms to express her late-life creativ-ity.1 very often these forms are experimental and exploratory, involving the crossing of various kinds of boundaries, of genre, gender, and even of spe-cies.2 These crossings almost invariably involve characters in difficult or ...
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D e s ta b i l i z e D G e n r e a s s o c ia l c r i t i q u e...
love, again and The Sweetest Dream
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Just as the supposed subject of the Golden Notebook, women and men, was all the reviewers could see, so the immediate subject of love, again, love in old age, was surprising and shocking and the fact that the novel has a my point of departure in discussion of love, again2 (a novel i have never much liked, much less enjoy) is the plaintive, yet accusatory comment in ...
Writing in a Minor Key
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...as we travel further into the twenty-first century, the effects of decoloniza-tion and globalization are felt in ever more complex and contradictory ways, and debates about “race,” nation, and ethnicity have become increasingly central. in the past (with some notable exceptions) readers and critics have paid less attention to Doris lessing’s continued engagement with such ideas ...
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Doris lessing’s african Stories, set in the 1930s, reflect a particular historical moment of colonialism in Zimbabwe. lessing’s own early life can be seen as a microcosm of the settler life, in particular of the process of relocation and also dislocation that is inherent in colonialism. in this discussion of domestic spaces, i would like to focus on two main aspects of lessing’s early experi-...
The Challenge of TeachingDoris Lessing’s The Golden Notebookin the Twenty-First Century
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...it seems curious to me again and again that . . . this book [the Golden Notebook] produces such an echo everywhere in the world. . . . What was still considered taboo in 1962 is no longer so today. . . . On the other hand, this response also shows me . . . that a book is a living thing which can bear Can one still teach Doris lessing’s masterpiece, the Golden Notebook, at the ...
Sex after Sixty
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Old women have always inhabited the fiction of Doris lessing. They have existed around the edges, in the background, in fiction that portrays them through the eyes of a younger female protagonist to whom even middle-aged mothers seem old and to whom the elderly are nearly invisible. martha Quest, reading havelock ellis at age fourteen in Southern Zambezia, sees her ...
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Notes on Contributors
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Page Count: 240
Illustrations: 2 illustrations
Publication Year: 2010