Welcome to the Doris Lessing Society!

Welcome to our Doris Lessing Society website. We hope you find it useful. We wish all society members and visitors a Happy New Year! Please join us at the MLA Convention in Vancouver. Our sessions are posted below and on the MLA page. We will be welcoming our new President, Cornelius Collins, at the Annual General Meeting. We will also be saying a sad farewell to long-serving Doris Lessing Studies Co-editor, Sandra Singer. We thank both for their service. -- Alice Ridout, outgoing President, Doris Lessing Society


2014 in review

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Doris Lessing Society Panels at the MLA Convention


70. Doris Lessing and Canada
Thursday, 8 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., 223, VCC West
Program arranged by the Doris Lessing Society
Presiding: Cornelius Collins, Fordham Univ.
1. “‘The Limits of Autobiography': Doris Lessing and Margaret Laurence,” Alice Rachel Ridout, Algoma Univ.
2. “On Domestication in Marian Engel and Doris Lessing,” Dorian Stuber, Hendrix Coll.
3. “The Anonymous Wisdom of Lessing’s Writer,” Sookyoung Lee, Univ. of California, Berkeley

605. D. H. Lawrence and Doris Lessing: New Perspectives
Saturday, 10 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., 116, VCC West
Program arranged by the D. H. Lawrence Society of North America and the Doris Lessing Society
Presiding: Nancy L. Paxton, Northern Arizona Univ.
1. “Insanity, Gender, and War in Doris Lessing’s and D. H. Lawrence’s Fiction,” Jill Franks, Austin Peay State Univ.
2. “‘Unlived Lives, Unborn Children’ in D. H. Lawrence’s Chatterley Novels and Doris Lessing’s Alfred and Emily,” Nancy L. Paxton
3. “Decentering Trauma: The Narrative Aesthetics of D. H. Lawrence and Doris Lessing,” Tonya M. Krouse, Northern Kentucky Univ.

Annual General Meeting of the Doris Lessing Society

The Annual General Meeting of the Doris Lessing Society will be held at 8:45-10:00 pm on Thursday, 8 January in 115 VCC West, Vancouver Convention Centre during the MLA Convention.

All are welcome. Come and join us!

A final reminder…

Just us at the 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.

Doris Lessing Society panel:

Sunday, 12 January

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

8:30–9:45 a.m.; Chicago G, Chicago Marriott

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.

Doris Lessing Society roundtable:

Friday, 10 January

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

8:30–9:45 a.m.; Mayfair, Sheraton Chicago

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: http://www.mla.org/convention


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