Archive for August, 2012

Official launch of the new Doris Lessing Society website!

We are pleased to announce the official launch of the new Doris Lessing Society website! This website has many new and exciting resources to offer both Society members and common readers.

Society members will find an updated membership list, complete information regarding issues of Doris Lessing Studies, bibliographies of Lessing scholarship, a centralized location for relevant CFPs, and a Members’ Blog with which to share experiences and ideas. In addition, we have continued to offer much of the information accessible through the old website, including past conference programs, information from MLA panels, and AGM minutes. Other great  new resources include reading guides for book clubs, links to interviews with Doris Lessing, and links to other literary societies of interest.

Please consider following the Doris Lessing Society via email (which you can opt to do using the button on the sidebar of the website). This is especially useful for members if you would like to be immediately notified of the latest Society news (including – but not limited to – MLA panels and calls for papers). If you are not a member, joining the Doris Lessing Society is easier than ever! Benefits of membership and instructions for joining are available through the menu at the top of the website.

Thank you to all who made the new website possible and to those who have created, developed and maintained past Doris Lessing Society websites for so many years. Enjoy!

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Panel details for the MLA Convention

MLA 2013: BostonThe Doris Lessing Society is organizing two sessions at the 2013 MLA Convention in Boston.

Please join the discussion. All are welcome!

Thursday, 03 January

98. Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook: Fifty Years On
3:30-4:45pm, Beacon G., Sheraton

Program arranged by the Doris Lessing Society
Presiding: Sandra Singer, University of Guelph

  1. “Going on Fifty: The Golden Notebook as Roman à Clef.” Roberta Rubenstein, American University
  2. “Feminism and Its Critique in The Golden Notebook, Then and Now.” Josna E. Rege, Worcester State University
  3. “Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook and Chick Lit.” Alice Rachel Ridout, Algoma University

Saturday, 05 January

506. “In Other Worlds”: Atwood and Lessing’s Speculative Fiction
12:00-1:15pm, Beacon G., Sheraton

Program arranged by the Doris Lessing Society and the Margaret Atwood Society
Presiding: Cornelius Collins, Fordham University, Bronx

  1. “‘Watch Out for Art’: Science, Fiction, and Storytelling in Atwood’s Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood.” Eric Aronoff, Michigan State University
  2. “Lessing and Atwood’s Dystopic Fictions.” Sharon R. Wilson, University of Northern Colorado
  3. “Narrative Possibility in the Speculative Fictions of Margaret Atwood and Doris Lessing.” Lauren J. Lacey, Edgewood College

For abstracts, see our Current MLA panels page. For registration information about the MLA Convention, please visit http://www.mla.org/convention.


Going back to school? Write an essay you can win with!

The Doris Lessing Society invites students from the undergraduate, graduate and Doctoral levels to compete in this year’s Student Essay Contest!

All winners will receive a free year of membership to the Society and the winning essay in the graduate category will be considered for publication in Doris Lessing Studies. This is a great opportunity to get your paper published in a peer-reviewed journal! Students may submit work independently or be nominated by professors. We are also accepting recent graduates (those who have graduated no earlier than 2010).

For more details on submission requirements, please see our Student Essay Contest page.


New CFP – Edited Book on Literature by British Women Authors

Fay Weldon in Copenhagen (photo by Mogens Engelund)

Fay Weldon at a book fair in Copenhagen, November 2008. She is being interviewed by Lone Kühlmann. This photo was originally taken by Mogens Engelund.

This is a call for papers to be published in an edited book on the rise of “feminist” literature in the postwar period. The editors are particularly interested in how British women authors have responded to patriarchal practices. This book will explore how the work of women writers like Doris Lessing, Muriel Spark, Angela Carter, Iris Murdoch, Margaret Drabble, Sarah Grand, Mary Cholmondely, Olive Schreiner, Hilary Mantel, Michele Roberts, Joanna Trollope, Fay Weldon and Jeanette Winterson (among others) has challenged the hegemonic practices of a gender-biased society.

DEADLINE: November 1st, 2012

Submissions are to be sent to editors Dr. Vivekanand Jha and Ajit Kumar at beditors@yahoo.com. For more details on submission requirements, please consult our CFPs page!