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

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Just out: Ratna Raman’s The Fiction of Doris Lessing: Re-envisioning Feminism

Congratulations to our own Ratna Raman on her new book, The Fiction of Doris Lessing: Re-envisioning Feminism, just out from Bloomsbury. Here’s the Table of Contents and a link to more details: 

Table of contents
Introduction
1: Lessing and Feminism
2: The Interrogation of Liberal White Feminism: Race and Colonialism in The Grass is Singing
3: Tracing Older Histories: Marking Continuities in The Golden Notebook
4: Science Fiction: Lessing’s Forays into Alternative Space
5: Eschewing Violence: Lessing’s Feminist Formulations of the ’80s
6: Women and Ageing: The Body in Time
Conclusion

 

https://www.bloomsbury.com/in/the-fiction-of-doris-lessing-9789390176908/

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Calls for Papers, Modern Language Association Convention, 2022

The Doris Lessing Society invites you to submit proposals for the following two sessions at MLA 2022, to be held in Washington D.C., January 6-9. The 2022 presidential theme is Multilingual US. Accepted panelists have to be members of the MLA by April 7th, 2021.
Please note that the deadline for both calls has been extended to March 22nd.

Doris Lessing and Apocalypse: Skeptic or Believer?
We invite proposals exploring Doris Lessing’s treatment/critique of any aspect of apocalypse including revelation, prophesy, conspiracy thinking, saved and damned, beasts, battles between good and evil, and new worlds (350 words, with brief bio).
Deadline for submissions: Monday, 22 March 2021
Josna Rege, Worcester SU (jrege@worcester.edu)

Global Doris Lessing
In keeping with MLA 2022’s emphasis on multilingual and transcultural interpretation, we invite
proposals addressing the reception and translation of Doris Lessing’s work from a variety of vantage points (350 words, with brief bio).
Deadline for submissions: Monday, 22 March 2021
Robin E. Visel, Furman U (rvisel@gmail.com)

Don’t hesitate to write to us with any questions.

 

Doris Lessing Society Student Essay Contest 2021

We invite current and recent graduate students and upper-level undergraduates to submit an essay on the work of Doris Lessing. Submissions of at least 3000 words in MLA format should be sent by email as MS Word attachments to rvisel@gmail.com by 15 May, 2021. Professors are invited to nominate essays by current or recent students, or students may submit their work independently. The winning essay will be considered for publication in Doris Lessing Studies, the society’s peer-reviewed journal.

Dr. Robin Visel, Secretary, Doris Lessing Society

Calls for Papers, Doris Lessing Society Session at MLA 2022

The Calls for Papers for the January 2022 Convention of the Modern Language Association (MLA) are now posted on the MLA website and below. As an Allied Organization of the MLA, the Society gets one guaranteed session and can submit a proposal for a second, which may or may not be accepted. We have posted two CFPs this year, and when we have received all the proposals we will decide which to put forward as our guaranteed session. To participate, you must be an MLA member by April 7, 2021 (for more information please go to https://www.mla.org/).

1. Doris Lessing and Apocalypse: Skeptic or Believer?
We invite proposals exploring Doris Lessing’s treatment/critique of any aspect of apocalypse including revelation, prophesy, conspiracy thinking, saved and damned, beasts, battles between good and evil, and new worlds (350 words, with brief bio).
Deadline for submissions: 15 March 2021
Josna Rege, Worcester SU jrege@worcester.edu

2. Global Doris Lessing
In keeping with MLA 2022’s emphasis on multilingual and transcultural interpretation, we invite proposals addressing the reception and translation of Doris Lessing’s work from a variety of vantage points (350 words, with brief bio).
Deadline for submissions: 15 March 2021
Robin Visel, Furman U rvisel@gmail.com

Please post any questions in the comments below, and we will respond.

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