Doris Lessing

the alchemy of survival

Author: Carey Kaplan,Ellen Cronan Rose

Publisher: Ohio Univ Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 187

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Doris Lessing

The Poetics of Change

Author: Gayle Greene

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 047208433X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 285

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An original and compelling appraisal of this important international literary figure

Doris Lessing and the Forming of History

Author: Kevin Brazil

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 1474414443

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Page: 256

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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

The Evolving Form of the Novel

Author: S. Fahim

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230375227

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 279

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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.

Modern British Women Writers

An A-to-Z Guide

Author: Vicki K. Janik,Del Ivan Janik,Emmanuel Sampath Nelson

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313310300

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 428

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This reference includes alphabetically arranged entries on 58 British women writers of the 20th century. Some of these writers were born in England, while others, such as Katherine Mansfield and Doris Lessing, came from countries of the former Empire or Commonwealth. The volume also includes entries for women of color, such as Kamala Markandaya and Buchi Emecheta.

The Past That Might Have Been, the Future That May Come

Women Writing Fantastic Fiction, 1960s to the Present

Author: Lauren J. Lacey

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786478268

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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This book explores how contemporary fantastic fiction by women writers responds to the past and imagines the future. The first two chapters look at revisionist rewritings of fairy tales and historical texts; the third and fourth focus on future-oriented narratives including dystopias and space fiction. Writers considered include Margaret Atwood, Octavia E. Butler, Angela Carter, Ursula K. Le Guin, Doris Lessing, and Jeanette Winterson, among others. The author argues that an analysis of how past and future are understood in women's fantastic fictions brings to light an "ethics of becoming" in the texts--a way of interrupting, revising and remaking problematic power structures that are tied to identity markers like class, gender and race. The book reveals how fantastic fiction can be read as narratives of disruption that enable the creation of an ethics of becoming.

The Dialogic Self

Reconstructing Subjectivity in Woolf, Lessing, and Atwood

Author: Roxanne J. Fand

Publisher: Susquehanna University Press

ISBN: 9781575910222

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 241

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Addresses the dilemma of the female subject in these three twentieth-century British women novelists.

Vernon Lee

Aesthetics, History, and the Victorian Female Intellectual

Author: Christa Zorn

Publisher: Ohio University Press

ISBN: 0821414976

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 213

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The subject of renewed interest among literary and cultural scholars, Vernon Lee wrote more than 40 books, in a broad range of genres, including fiction, history, aesthetics and travel literature. Early on, Lee established her reputation as a public critic whose unconventional viewpoints stood out among those of her contemporaries. To feminist and cultural critics, she is a fascinating model of the independent female intellectual, who, as Desmond MacCarthy once put it, provides a rare combination of intellectual curiosity and imaginative sensibility.

The Golden Notebook

A Novel

Author: Doris Lessing

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061582484

Category: Fiction

Page: 688

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Anna is a writer, author of one very successful novel, who now keeps four notebooks. In one, with a black cover, she reviews the African experience of her earlier years. In a red one she records her political life, her disillusionment with communism. In a yellow one she writes a novel in which the heroine relives part of her own experience. And in a blue one she keeps a personal diary. Finally, in love with an American writer and threatened with insanity, Anna resolves to bring the threads of all four books together in a golden notebook. Doris Lessing's best-known and most influential novel, The Golden Notebook retains its extraordinary power and relevance decades after its initial publication.

The Bell Jar

A Novel

Author: Sylvia Plath

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062444476

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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Sylvia Plath's shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.

The Alchemy of Desire

A Novel

Author: Tarun J. Tejpal

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 006088858X

Category: Fiction

Page: 528

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In turn-of-the-millennium India, a penniless would-be writer halts work on his novel only to feed his ceaseless desire for his beautiful wife. Then a chance occurrence moves the lovers to a sprawling old house in a mist-shrouded spur of the lower Himalayas, where a set of diaries written by a glamorous American adventuress is uncovered during renovations. Her words irresistibly draw the writer away from his beloved, thrusting him through the hole of history into another world and time, revealing dark secrets and overturning all certainties. Inventive, playful, heartbreaking, brimming with ideas and memorable characters, The Alchemy of Desire is a major literary work by one of the most significant new voices of a generation.

Dark Smiles

Race and Desire in George Eliot

Author: Alicia Carroll

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 179

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Although George Eliot has long been described as "the novelist of the Midlands," she often brought the outer reaches of the empire home in her work. Dark Smiles: Race and Desire in George Eliot studies Eliot's problematic, career-long interest in representing racial and ethnic Otherness. Placing Eliot's diverse and wide-ranging treatment of Otherness in its contemporary context, Alicia Carroll argues that Eliot both engages and resists traditional racial and ethnic representations of Otherness. Carroll finds that Eliot, like other women writers of her time, often appropriates narratives of Otherness to explore issues silenced in mainstream Victorian culture, particularly the problem of the desirous woman. But if Otherness in Eliot's century was usually gendered as woman and constructed as the object of white male desire, Eliot often seeks to subvert that vision. Professor Carroll demonstrates Eliot's tendency to "exoticize" images of girlhood, vocation, and maternity in order to critique and explore gendered subjectivities. Indeed, the disruptive presence of a racial or ethnic outsider often fractures Eliot's narratives of community, creating a powerful critique of home culture. The consistent reliance of Eliot's work upon racial and ethnic Otherness as a mode of cultural critique is explored here for the first time in its entirety.