Members’ Blog

In the first version of her Nobel acceptance speech, Doris Lessing complained about “blugging and blogging” in a world in which “everybody writes and nobody reads”. However, she has also commented that irony is one of the very few reliable pleasures in the world so perhaps she would enjoy the irony of this Members’ Blog about her!

Members are invited to share on any topic that they feel may be of interest to other members. We suggest the following topics:

  • my favourite Doris Lessing book
  • my favourite Doris Lessing Studies article
  • the day I met Doris Lessing
  • teaching Doris Lessing
  • what I am currently working on
  • what I would like to see the Society do next

Submit your comments below to start the discussion!

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4 responses

  1. Adrian Chapman

    I’m thinking about Doris Lessing and education. Can anyone recommend any secondary literature on this topic, please? I’m particularly interested in how the presentation of education in Lessing relates to radical critiques of education in the sixties and seventies, but am keen to know about anything written on education and Lessing. (I’d also be interested in pointers to relevant material written by Lessing – beyond the novels.)

    (In response to the above postings about The Golden Notebook – that text was something I discovered only after studying English at university in the UK in the nineties. The novel didn’t appear on my reading lists, unfortunately. I don’t currently have the opportunity to assign the novel in my teaching but look forward to doing so soon.)

    February 10, 2014 at 8:39 am

  2. Monika Lenz

    Since the death of Doris Lessing, I read again The Golden Notebook, and now with Nelson Mandela’s death, have become intrigued by the possibility that the character Mr. Mathlong is Nelson Mandela. I wonder if this theory has ever been put forth? The Golden Notebook was published in 1962, the same year the Nelson Mandela visited England illegally and under an assumed name. I see some interesting correlations in the names used in the book and Mandela’s assumed name, his son’s name and the name of his law partner. The way the character Mr. Mathlong was developed, his true identity almost certainly alluded to, Mandela fits the description. I’d be interested and intrigued to hear opinions about this theory.

    January 3, 2014 at 12:38 am

  3. Anonymous

    For purposes of assessing Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook, published fifty years ago, I write asking whether or not it is included in undergraduate and/or graduate offerings. I would appriciate your response to vtiger@andromeda.rutgers.edu

    Virginia Tiger
    Rutgers University

    August 27, 2012 at 8:36 am

    • In 1966, at Goucher College, I assigned The Golden Notebook to my freshman composition students–three classes that year and also in the several years that followed. I’d be very interested in responses to your query above. What I remember distinctly is that while my young students were intrigued by the novel, and of course felt challenged by it, my department colleagues were aghast at my choice and chided me for “wasting” such a novel on freshmen students. Florence Howe

      August 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm

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