Call for papers: Doris Lessing at the 2015 MLA Convention

Doris Lessing and Canada
Inviting papers exploring Doris Lessing’s Canadian connections. Comparative studies with Canadian authors and papers on CBC lectures series, “Prisons We Choose,” welcome. Abstracts (250-350 words) and bios by 14 March 2014; Alice Rachel Ridout ( (Guaranteed panel.)

Doris Lessing: Negotiating Sites of Memory
We are in the process of memorializing Lessing and her own work offers multiple insights into memory. Bios and abstracts (250 words) for roundtable by 14 March 2014; Alice Rachel Ridout ( (Panel to be proposed linked to Convention theme.)


MLA Convention, Chicago

9 – 12 January, 2014

The Doris Lessing Society has organized a special event to mark the passing of Doris Lessing. All are welcome. Cash bar and refreshments.

Doris Lessing Memorial

Saturday, 11 January, 8:45–10:00 p.m.,

Chicago G, Chicago Marriott

The Society’s Annual General Meeting will be held immediately after this special event.

The Doris Lessing Society panel is as follows:

Sunday, 12 January

694. Émigrés, Expats, and Exiles: Doris Lessing in Postwar London

8:30–9:45 a.m.

Program arranged by the Doris Lessing Society

1. “‘Unanchored Fragments of Print’: Lessing’s Experiments with Drama and Poetry in the Late 1950s,” Nick Bentley, Keele Univ.

2. “Of Pigeons and Expats: Doris Lessing, Sam Selvon, and Zadie Smith,” Alice Rachel Ridout, Algoma Univ.

3. “Doris Lessing and Moidi Jokl: A Reassessment,” Terry Reilly, Univ. of Alaska, Fairbanks

4. “Lessing’s First Postwar London Novel: Retreat to Innocence,” Robin E. Visel, Furman Univ.

The Doris Lessing Society has also organized a roundtable:

Friday, 10 January

197. Learned Society Journals: Challenges and Opportunities in the Twenty-First Century

8:30–9:45 a.m.

Program arranged by the Doris Lessing Society

Presiding: Alice Rachel Ridout, Algoma Univ.

Speakers: Martha J. Cutter, Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs; Betty Leigh Hutcheson, College Art Assn.; Sheri Spaine Long, Univ. of North Carolina, Charlotte; David Lee Miller, Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia; Karma Waltonen, Univ. of California, Davis

This roundtable will focus on learned society journals and will consider the journal within this context. Participants will consider matters beyond the strictly editorial, addressing issues such as the function of journals in relation to societies’ membership, the transition to electronic publication, and the place of journals in learned societies’ finances

Here is a more detailed description of the roundtable.

Details about how to register to attend the MLA Convention are available on the MLA website:

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