Welcome to the website for the Doris Lessing Society! Here you can find resources for studying and enjoying the writings of one of the 20th century's great authors, including a bibliography of recent literary criticism, information about past conferences and panel presentations, and reading guides on selected works for book clubs and independent readers. Also listed here are current Society members and their scholarly interests. If you would like to join, or if you have a question, don't hesitate to click "Contact," above.
-- Josna Rege, President, Doris Lessing Society


March 27th is Day 2 of Multicultural Doris Lessing: Lessing through the South Asian Lens

Sunday, March 27th is Day 2 of the webinar:
Multicultural Doris Lessing: Lessing through the South Asian Lens
Hosted by the Center for Studies in Gender, Culture, and Media
West Bengal State University
to mark the launch of the Doris Lessing Society, South Asia Chapter (DLSSA)

5:00-9:00 pm (Indian Standard Time)
7:30-11:30 am (Eastern Daylight Time, U.S.)

Watch live on YouTube:

For more information, please email DLSSA: dlssouthasia@gmail.com

Announcing International Webinar launching DLS-South Asia (DLSSA), March 25 & 27

We are happy to invite you to “Multicultural Doris Lessing: Lessing through the South Asian Lens”, a two-day webinar hosted by the Center for Studies in Gender, Culture, and Media (CSGCM) at West Bengal State University in collaboration with the Doris Lessing Society to celebrate Women’s Month and the Launch of DLS-South Asia.  

The webinar will be held on March 25th and 27th, 2022 from 5:00-9:00 pm, Indian Standard Time (IST). It will be streaming on YouTube (links on attached poster). Please let me know if you’d like to be a more active participant in the webinar, and I will send your name and email to the organizers.

For more information, please write to dlssouthasia@gmail.com. I hope you will be able to join us.

Josna Rege
President, Doris Lessing Society

Calls for Papers, MLA 2023 (San Francisco)

Doris Lessing Society

Here is the call for papers for our two proposed Doris Lessing Society sessions at the 2023 Modern Language Association Convention, to be held in San Francisco next year. Do consider sending us an abstract. Please note the March 25th submissions deadline.

Doris Lessing and #MeToo/Cancel Culture/Critical Race Theory
Fiercely independent, Lessing was frequently a thorn in the side of the Left. Inviting fresh approaches to her often-controversial stances in light of contemporary flashpoints—“cancel culture”, #MeToo, anti-CRT, book-banning. Send 250-word abstract and bio.
Deadline for submissions: Thursday, 25 March 2022
Josna Rege (jrege@worcester.edu), Worcester SU

Working Mothers/Lost Daughters: Lessing’s Motherhood in Contemporary Context .
Inviting comparative readings with works such as The Lost Daughter (Ferrante’s novel and/or Gyllenhaal’s film), Jenny Diski’s In Gratitude, Chan’s The School for Good Mothers, or debates on motherhood during COVID. Send 250-word abstracts and bio.
Deadline for submissions: Thursday, 25 March 2022
Robin Visel (rvisel@gmail.com)

Student Essay Contest 2021

The 2021 Winner of the Student Essay Contest was Saskia May, for her essay entitled, “Maternal Ambivalence in Doris Lessing’s Letters,” an archival research project using Lessing’s letters to her friend, Leonard Smith (“Smithie”) archived at the Keep, University of Sussex.

An Honorable Mention was awarded to Soghra Azaripasand, for her essay entitled, “The Emancipation of Women in Canopus in Argos.”

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