Current Members

First International Doris Lessing Conference

Dr. Shameen Choudhury (professor of English at Delgado Community College) and Dr. Debrah Raschke (former President of the Doris Lessing Society) at the First International Doris Lessing Conference. See the original photo here

All members

Bootheina Majoul Aouadi

  • Bootheina is a PhD student at the University of Manouba in Tunisia.
  • bootheina@yahoo.fr

Sophia Barnes

  • Sophia Barnes is a completing Doctoral candidate in the Department of English Literature at the University of Sydney, Australia, and the recipient of a Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship with the School of Letters, Art and Media in 2013. Her dissertation is a reconsideration of the hermeneutic challenges posed by Lessing’s The Golden Notebook and The Four-Gated City with reference to the aesthetic theory of Mikhail Bakhtin. She has taught courses covering the development of novel studies in English, contemporary American film and theory, and British Modernism. In 2013 she is teaching and lecturing on contemporary anglophone prose and cinema at Masters level. She has previously published in Doris Lessing Studies.
  • sophia.barnes@sydney.edu.au; sophia.h.barnes@gmail.com

Nick Bentley

  • Nick Bentley is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Keele, United Kingdom. His main research interests is in twentieth-century literature and literary and cultural theory.
  • Nick Bentley is author of Radical Fictions: The English Novel in the 1950s (Peter Lang, 2007), Contemporary British Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2008) and Martin Amis (Northcote Press, 2014).
  • Nick has also published several journal articles on post-Second World War literature and culture.
  • He is currently working on a monograph on subcultures in fiction, a book on the criticism of contemporary British fiction, and more generally on Doris Lessing’s drama and poetry of the 1950s and early 1960s.

Jennifer Bowes

  • Jennifer is a PhD student supervised by Dr. Susan Watkins at Leeds Beckett University. She is currently concentrating on both Lessing and Margaret Atwood in her thesis, with a particular interest in 20th century women’s apocalyptic and speculative writing.
  • jenniferbowes@hotmail.co.uk

Anne-Laure Brevet

Marlene Briggs

  • Marlene.Briggs@ubc.ca

Kevin Brown

  • kbrown@leeuniversity.edu

Adrian Chapman

Linda Chown

  • Professor Emerita, English Department, Grand Valley State University
  • Author, Narrative Authority and Homeostasis in the Novels of Doris Lessing and Carmen Martín Gaite (1990), in addition to published papers and talks on Lessing and other British and American 20th-century writers
  • Former co-editor, Doris Lessing Newsletter
  • Focus on modernist novel and experimental fiction by women writers (current book in progress: “American Women Modernists: Writing the Story Out”)
  • lindachown8@gmail.com

Cornelius Collins

  • Cornelius Collins (Ph.D., Rutgers University) teaches in the English Department at Fordham University, the Bronx, NY. He is the President of the Doris Lessing Society, 2015-17, and a member of the Editorial Board of Doris Lessing Studies. His research interests lie in the areas of globalization and apocalyptic literature
  • Published essays on Doris Lessing in the journal Twentieth-Century Literature (56.2, Summer 2010) and in the collections Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook After Fifty (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Doris Lessing and the Forming of History (Edinburgh UP, 2016).
  • dorislessingsociety@gmail.com
  • ccollins27@fordham.edu

Lisa Downward

Gregory Fenton

  •  I am a second year (as of 2013-14) PhD student at the University of Guelph. I am also the recipient of a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. My research explores the figure of the “dissident” and narratives of dissidence, as well as Asian North American cultural studies, Chinese cultural production, critical theory, and critical pedagogy.

Anne Fernald

  • Associate Professor of English, Fordham University
  • fernald@fordham.edu

Cristina Gamberi

  • Christina Gamberi is currently Visiting Fellow at Warwick University. She holds a PhD in Gender Studies at the
    University of Naples and her doctoral research focused on Angela Carter and the re-writing of fairy tales and
    Bildungsroman.
  • She previously earned an MA in Philosophy at the University of Bologna and in 2013 she completed her second MA in Women’s Studies at the University of Hull, within the framework of the European
    programme GEMMA, with a thesis on gender, nation and memory in Doris Lessing’s autobiographical works.
  • Cristina is a member of the contemporary Women’s Writing Association and Atgender. Besides her research interests in contemporary women’s writing, gender studies and Feminist Theory, she specialized in Gender pedagogy, editing a book on Gender and education. She has presented her work in several international venues and she has a number of essays recently published or forthcoming on contemporary women’s fiction.
  • gambericristina@hotmail.com

Judith Kegan Gardiner

  • Judith Kegan Gardiner is Professor of English and of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her publications center on early modern, twentieth-century, and contemporary women writers as well as on feminist theories and masculinity studies. She wrote Rhys, Stead, Lessing, and the Politics of Empathy, edited Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory, and co-edited The International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities. Recent and forthcoming essays discuss Doris Lessing, Alison Bechdel, and female masculinity. She is a member of the editorial collective of the interdisciplinary journal Feminist Studies.
  • gardiner@uic.edu

Laurel Harris

  • My research interests include Anglophone and British modernism, the relationship between fiction and film in the early twentieth century, sound technologies and literary modernism, and modernist women writers.
  • lharris@rider.edu

Frederick Coye Heard

  • Assistant Professor, Department of English, Rhetoric and Humanistic Studies, Virginia Military Institute
  • HeardFC@vmi.edu

Suzette Henke 

  • Suzette joined the University of Louisville in 1991 as Thruston B. Morton, Sr. Professor of Literary Studies.
  • She is author of Joyce’s Moraculous Sindbook:  A Study of “Ulysses” and of James Joyce and the Politics of Desire.
  • With Elaine Unkeless, she co-edited a collection of original essays on Women in Joyce.
  • Professor Henke has published widely in the field of modern and contemporary literature, with particular emphasis on feminist interpretation.
  • Most recently, she authored Shattered Subjects: Trauma And Testimony in Women’s Life-Writing (Palgrave 2000) With David Eberly, she co-edited Virginia Woolf and Trauma: Embodied Texts (Pace UP, 2007); and, with Jeanne E. Warnock, a special volume of Doris Lessing Studies devoted to Trauma in Doris Lessing’s Work (27:1-2 [2008]).

Florence Howe

  • Florence Howe wrote reviews of Doris Lessing’s five Children of Violence volumes in the Nation in the mid-1960s, and interviewed Doris at that time. Parts of the interview were published, and other parts have been used by many different scholars writing about Doris. Howe was one of the founders of The Feminist Press and Women’s Studies Quarterly (now WSQ).  
  • She retired as director/publisher of The Feminist Press in 2000, and returned in 2005 for several years. Doris blurbed several books for Feminist Press and continued to be interested especially in the Press’s major and extensive African publishing.
  • She writes a blog at www.florencehowe.com

Earl Ingersoll

  • Earl Ingersoll is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Doris Lessing Studies.

Tamara Kobeshavidze

  • Associate Professor of the Department of English Philology at Kutaisi Akaki Tsereteli State University.
  • Graduated from Kutaisi Akaki Tsereteli State University, Faculty of European Languages and Literature, major –  English, Russian Languages and Literature and then did Postgraduate Course at Tbilisi Iv. Javakhishvili State University.
  • Research interests center on the 20th-century English and American novel.
  • tamarkobeshavidze@yahoo.com

Ajit Kumar

  • Dr. Ajit Kumar holds his Ph.D. on Doris Lessing’s novels from Department of English, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, India. He has written, edited and presented papers on Doris Lessing. He has recently launched his book, Fragmented Societies: Feminism, Love and Identity in the Novels of Doris Lessing.
  • british_englishkuk@yahoo.com

Tomoko Kuribayashi

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, English Department
  • Tomoko Kuribayashi was born and grew up in Japan, before she came to North America for graduate school. She has a BA and an MA from the University of Tokyo, another MA from the University of Alberta, and a Ph.D. in English with a Feminist Studies Minor from the University of Minnesota. Her areas of interest include Canadian Literature, contemporary women writers in English (mainly fiction), and contemporary Japanese women writers.
  • tkuribay@uwsp.edu

Lauren Lacey

  • I am an associate professor of English at Edgewood College, where I teach courses in contemporary fiction, literary theory, gender studies, and science fiction.

Sookyoung Lee

  • sookyoung@berkeley.edu

Bette Mandl

  • bettemandl@aol.com

Shannon Maguire

  • Shannon Maguire is a doctoral candidate in English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has published articles in Doris Lessing Studies and Canadian Literature (forthcoming). Her areas of specialty are contemporary poetry, contemporary women’s writing, North American Indigenous literature, and Queer Theory. Her first book of poetry, fur(l) parachute (BookThug, 2013), was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and the Golden Crown Award for Poetry. She was also shortlisted for the Nichol Chapbook Award and the Manitoba Magazine Awards for Best Suite of Poems. Her second collection, Myrmurs, is forthcoming from BookThug in 2015. In Spring 2015, she will teach a third-year Creative Writing course at Algoma University.
  • magu4260@mylaurier.ca

Toyoko Matsumura

  • Toyoko has been a reader of Charles Dickens for more than 30 years, and have had a great interest in Doris Lessing these 10 years since her mother died. She has given lessons and lectures at Edogawa University in Japan for more than 30 years and is a professor of English Literature.
  • mtoyoko@edogawa-u.ac.jp

Lila Miroshnychenko

  • My research and teaching interests include history of literature, English novel and postcolonial studies, Dutch literature, relations between literature and philosophy.
  • My current research project, Scepticism and Literature, examines theories and representations of scepticism in the twentieth-century British novel, with chapters on various forms of literary scepticism observed in contemporary writing.
  • My list of publications includes a study book on the history of literature in the Netherlands (2002), and over twenty articles on British writers, including Doris Lessing.
  • I am very enthusiastic to join the community of scholars whose academic interests include the study of Doris Lessing’s writing. The variety of perspectives offered by the scholars has been expanding since 2007, and I was very pleased to learn that the names of the society’s members are often the names of those researchers who introduced these new approaches. I would be very honoured to have a possibility to share opinions with them as well as with all those who enjoy the writing of the ‘grande dame’ of literature.

Bansari Mitra

  • Assistant Professor of English, Clark Atlanta University
  • Has taught in many Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the US
  • bansarim@yahoo.com

Swaty Mitra

  • Registered for Ph.D in the Department of English, University of Calcutta, India

Kerry Myler

  • K.Myler@newman.ac.uk

Aleksandra Nikčević-Batrićević

  • Aleksandra teaches American literature and courses on feminist literary theory and criticism (undergraduate and postgraduate level). She is currently head of the English Department. Her publications include papers on second wave feminism, American and British women authors, etc. She has organized so far ten conferences on Anglo-American studies at the English department, University of Montenegro.

Sun Hwa Park

  • Sun Hwa Park is Assistant Professor at Konkuk University, South Korea.
  • She worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of East Anglia in 2004 and at the University of Greenwich in 2005.
  • Her research and current articles are focused on Doris Lessing’s (auto)biographical writing, Jungian psychology, narrative theory and cultural studies.
  • She has widely published on Doris Lessing’s novels, and she is also interested in modern/contemporary English writers, such as Joseph Conrad and A. S. Byatt.
  • doris21@empal.com; shpark@kku.ac.kr

Phyllis Perrakis

  • Phyllis Perrakis is a co-editor of Doris Lessing Studies and a former president of the Doris Lessing Society. She is the co-editor, along with Debrah Raschke and Sandra Singer, of Doris Lessing: Interrogating the Times (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2010) and the editor of Adventures of the Spirit: The Older Woman in the Works of Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood, and Other Contemporary Women Writers (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2007) and Spiritual Exploration in the Works of Doris Lessing (Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1999).
  • phyllis.perrakis@gmail.com

Molly Pulda

  • Molly Pulda is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southern California, working on a manuscript about secrecy in contemporary autobiography. She recently co-edited a special issue of is Doris Lessing Studies on gender and sexuality with Robin Visel. She is also on the Editorial Advisory Board for Doris Lessing Studies. She published an article on Lessing’s last novel, Alfred and Emily, in a recent issue of Doris Lessing Studies.
  • pulda@usc.edu

Debrah Raschke

  • Debrah Raschke is a former President of the Doris Lessing Society and is on the Editorial Advisory Board for Doris Lessing Studies.
  • draschke@semo.edu

Jonah Raskin

  • Jonah Raskin has written about Doris Lessing for more than 40 years. His first interview with her from 1970 was published in A Small Personal Voice. His most recent interview with her from 2008 was published in the Redwood Coast Review. His most recent essay about her, “The Golden Notebook: Doris Lessing’s Rendezvous with the Zeitgeist” was published in the Winter 2013 issue of Dissent.

Gloria Redinger

Terry Reilly

  • fftr@uaf.edu

Alice Ridout

  • Alice Ridout is Visiting Assistant Professor at Algoma University where she teaches courses in contemporary, Canadian, children’s, popular and women’s literatures. She is the author of Contemporary Women Writers Look Back: From Irony to Nostalgia (Continuum, 2010) and co-editor of Doris Lessing: Border Crossings (Continuum, 2009). She is the current President and Treasurer of the Doris Lessing Society and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for Doris Lessing Studies.
  • alice.ridout@algomau.ca

Roberta Rubenstein

  • Roberta Rubenstein is a Professor of Literature at American University in Washington, D.C., where she teaches courses on modernist and contemporary writers and Russian literature in translation. Her scholarship on Doris Lessing spans her scholarly career, beginning with an essay on Briefing for a Descent into Hell. Her book, The Novelistic Vision of Doris Lessing: Breaking the Forms of Consciousness, was published in 1979 (University of Illinois Press). She has published more than a dozen essays and book chapters on Lessing’s work.  Her most recent book, Literary Half-Lives: Doris Lessing, Clancy Sigal, and Roman à Clef, was published by Palgrave in 2014. She is co-editor, with Alice Ridout and Sandra Singer, of Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook After Fifty, (Palgrave, 2015).  In addition, she has published three other studies of contemporary women’s fiction: Boundaries of the Self: Gender, Culture, Fiction (University of Illinois Press, 1987); Home Matters: Longing and Belonging, Nostalgia and Mourning in Women’s Fiction – which begins with a chapter on Lessing and Woolf (Palgrave/St. Martin’s, 2001); andVirginia Woolf and the Russian Point of View (Palgrave Macmillan 2009). She has published more than thirty-five essays and book chapters on modernist and contemporary writers, including (besides Lessing) Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, John Fowles, Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison, Margaret Drabble, Paul Auster, and Barbara Kingsolver. She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Doris Lessing Studies.
  • rubenst@American.edu

Kayoko Saito

  • I work at Takushoku University in Japan. I have been a member of the Doris Lessing Society for several years and attended the First International Conference in New Orleans and the Second one in Leeds, both of which inspired me very much. However, after I published my doctoral thesis, comparing Woolf and Lessing, I have been very busy caring for my old mother and my grandchildren. Now I happy to come back to Lessing.

Ruth O. Saxton

  • Ruth O. Saxton is a Professor of English at Mill’s College, Oakland, CA., where she has taught since 1974. She wrote her dissertation, “Garments of the Mind: Clothing and Appearance in the Fiction of Doris Lessing” in 1986 at UC Berkeley. She co-edited Woolf and Lessing: Breaking the Mold (St. Martin’s Press, 1994) with Jean Tobin and co-edited Teaching Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway (MLA 2009) with Eileen Barrett. She also edited The Girl: Constructions of the Girl in Contemporary Fiction by Women (St. Martin’s Press, 1998). She has been an editor of Doris Lessing Newsletter/Doris Lessing Studies for many years (and is currently on the Editorial Advisory Board of Doris Lessing Studies) and has participated in both the First International Doris Lessing Conference and several Lessing panels at the MLA. Various essays and book reviews by Saxton have also been published. She is currently working on a manuscript on constructions of the Old Woman in contemporary fiction by women.
  • rsaxton@mills.edu

Paul Schlueter

  • Paul Schlueter has been involved in Lessing scholarship, as well as in much other writing and editing about modern British and American literature, for most of his professional life. These efforts include one of the first essays on Lessing’s writing (1965); reviews of most of Lessing’s books (1965 to present); one of the first two dissertations (1968); creation of the Lessing seminars at the annual MLA conferences that led to the establishment of the Doris Lessing Society (1971); the first book on Lessing published by a university press (1973); the first collection of her short writings, prepared in collaboration with Lessing (1974; German editions in 1989 and 1991, British in 1994); editor, member of advisory and editorial boards, and frequent contributor for Doris Lessing Newsletter and Doris Lessing Studies (1978 to present); and longtime personal acquaintance with Lessing.
  • His degrees are from the University of Minnesota, the University of Denver, and Southern Illinois University. Some of his other publications include Shirley Ann Grau (Twayne, 1981) and, with June Schlueter, An Encyclopedia of British Woman Writers (Garland, 1988; revised and expanded edition, Rutgers University Press, 1999). He has published material in a number of reference works, including over 60 entries for the Micropaedia volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1974) and various volumes in the Dictionary of Literary Biography series.
  • schluetp@gmail.com

Selcuk Senturk

  • I completed my MA in The University of Leeds in 2012 with my dissertation on the representation of “belonging” and “normalcy” in Lessing’s fiction. At the moment I pursue my Ph.D. in The University of Leicester focusing on a project entitled “The Representation of Family in Doris Lessing’s Fiction.”

Anne Serafin

  • A Proper Marriage made me a Doris Lessing devotee in the early 1970s, followed soon by The Golden Notebook.  When the DL Society was formed, I became a “charter member” and have attended MLA sessions over the years as well as participating in the two wonderful International DL conferences. Lessing’s anti-apartheid position led me to an interest in South African literature, which I taught as often as possible in Newton, Massachusetts. (Most recently, a version of my article “Teaching Doris Lessing’s ‘The Antheap’” from the special edition of Doris Lessing Studies appeared in African Literature Today.) That trail led to a NEH Teacher-Scholar Award twenty-plus years ago to spend a sabbatical year reading and researching African literatures across the continent. In 2005, I began work with three other women – Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez, Pauline Dongala and Omotayo Jolaosho – to solicit submissions from African women on the topic of resistance, however they wished to interpret the concept. Our anthology, African Women Writing Resistance: Contemporary Voices, published in 2010 by University of Wisconsin Press, pays tribute to the determination and achievements of African women and women worldwide. I pay tribute to Doris Lessing for her intelligence, courage, and achievements and her influence on me and my work.
  • anneserafin@earthlink.net

David Sergeant 

  • Academic and poet based in the far(ish) West of England.
  • david.sergeant@plymouth.ac.uk

Sandra Singer

  • Associate professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph, Sandra Singer is former co-editor of Doris Lessing Studies. She has co-edited two collection of essays: Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook After Fifty (2015) with Alice Ridout and Roberta Rubenstein and Doris Lessing: Interrogating the Times (2010) with Debrah Raschke and Phyllis Perrakis.
  • ssinger@uoguelph.ca

Christine Sizemore

  • Christine Wick Sizemore is Professor of English at Spelman College. She is the author of Negotiating Identities in Women’s Lives: English Postcolonial and Contemporary British Novels (2002) and A Female Vision of the City: London in the Novels of Five British Women (1989). The 2002 book contains a chapter on Lessing’s Diary of a Good Neighbour and the second, a chapter on Four-Gated City. She has published an article on In Pursuit of the English in The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, the Lessing entry in Postcolonial African Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook (1998), a comparative essay on Woolf and Lessing, and articles and reviews in Doris Lessing Studies. She has also published articles on Black British writers such as Zadie Smith, Barbara Burford, and Leila Aboulela.
  • csizemore@spelman.edu

Tom Sperlinger

  • tom.sperlinger@bristol.ac.uk

Claire Sprague

  • Former president, Doris Lessing Society
  • Former editor, Doris Lessing Newsletter
  • Books and articles on Doris Lessing, including Rereading Doris Lessing (University of North Carolina, 1987).
  • claire.sprague@gmail.com

Erin K. Johns Speese

  • Erin K. Johns Speese is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Duquesne University.  Her monograph Gender and the Intersubjective Sublime in Faulkner, Forster, Lawrence, and Woolf is under contract at Routledge, and her next book project, Chemical Feminism: Women’s Rhetoric in Scientific Writing, examines the relationship between women’s scientific writing and feminist rhetoric in nineteenth and twentieth century Britain and the United States.
  • ejohns@mix.wvu.edu

Kortney Stern

  • kstern@mills.edu

Dorian Stuber

  • Dorian Stuber is Associate Professor in the English Department at Hendrix College, where he teaches British modernism, British 20th-century literature, Holocaust Literature, and Literary Theory. Recent publications include essays on Primo Levi, J. G. Farrell, Ernst Lubitsch (with Marianne Tettlebaum), as well as an essay on the uncanny experimentalism of The Grass is Singing in Doris Lessing Studies. He currently serves as Vice President of the Doris Lessing Society.
  • He blogs about books at www.eigermonchjungfrau.wordpress.com.
  • stuber@hendrix.edu

Virgina Tiger

  • vtiger@andromeda.rutgers.edu

Robin Visel

  • Robin Visel  (Ph.D. English University of British Columbia) is Emeritus Professor, Furman University, and currently Adjunct Professor, University of Findlay. On the Editorial Board of Doris Lessing Studies, she has participated in many Doris Lessing Society panels and co-edited Doris Lessing Studies 30.1, Special Issue on Gender & Sexualities.  Her publications include “Liberation and Taboo: Normative Sexuality in Lessing’s Fiction”, Doris Lessing Studies 30.1 (Fall 2011); “House/Mother: Lessing’s Reproduction of Realism in The Sweetest Dream.” In Doris Lessing: Interrogating the Times, ed. Debrah Raschke and Phyllis Perrakis. Ohio State UP, 2010; and “‘Then Spoke the Thunder’: The Grass is Singing as a Zimbabwean Novel.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature 43.2 (June 2008).
  • rvisel@gmail.com

Lili Wang

  • Lili Wang is Professor of English in the English Department, Vice Dean of the College of Foreign Languages, Fujian Normal University, China. Her research interest lies in English Literature. Her recent publications include A Study of Doris Lessing’s Art and Philosophy (Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press (China), 2007); “Lessing’s Paradoxes: ‘A Mind of Winter” (on Mara and Dann) (Foreign Literature Studies 31.2, 2009); and “Seeking for Traditional Mother’s Memory: A Comparison between Woolf and Lessing” (Foreign Literature no.1, 2008).
  • Wllfuzhou@sina.com; wanglili@fjnu.edu.cn

Susan Watkins

  • Susan Watkins is Reader in Twentieth-Century Women’s Fiction in the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. She first read Lessing’s Martha Quest in a final-year undergraduate option on ‘The Art of the Novel’ and has been hooked ever since! She is the author of Twentieth-Century Women Novelists: Feminist Theory into Practice (Palgrave, 2001), which contains sections on Lessing’s ‘To Room Nineteen’ and The Golden Notebook, and articles about Lessing in the journals LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theoryand Feminist Review and the essay collections Doris Lessing: Interrogating the Times (ed. Debrah Raschke, Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis and Sandra Singer, Ohio UP, 2010) and Women’s Writing 1945-60: After the Deluge (ed. Jane Dowson, Palgrave, 2003).
  • With Alice Ridout, she organized the Second International Doris Lessing conference, which took place at Leeds Metropolitan University in July 2007. Three publications resulted from that conference: the essay collection Doris Lessing: Border Crossings (Continuum, 2009), the special issue of Doris Lessing Studies on ‘Doris Lessing, Nation, Politics and Identity (both co-edited with Alice Ridout), and a symposium of the Journal of Commonwealth Literature on Lessing, 43:2 (2008) (co-edited with Claire Chambers). Most recently her monograph on Lessing has been published by Manchester University Press (2010). In all her work, she discusses Lessing’s writing in relation to ideas of nation, empire, gender and race and the connections between them.
  • She is now beginning a new research project on Contemporary Women’s Apocalyptic Writing, which will include discussion of Lessing’s ‘Ifrik’ novels. She is also the co-editor of Scandalous Fictions: The Twentieth-Century Novel in the Public Sphere (Palgrave, 2006). She is Chair of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association (CWWA), associate editor of the Oxford journal Contemporary Women’s Writing and co-editor of the Journal of Commonwealth Literature.
  • s.watkins@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Ivan Webster

  • ivanwebster@gmail.com

Michele Whitfeld

  • Shelli Whitfeld is currently a part-time PhD researcher at the University of Sussex.
  • Her field of study is Creative Living and the life lessons of Doris Lessing.  She is also a full-time “Global Real Estate Director” for an online travel company called Orbitz Worldwide, Inc.
  • She studied law at BPP Law School specializing in IP, Contract, Employment and Property Law with a dissertation on Corporate Manslaughter.
  • She received her M.A. from the University of London, Queen Mary & Westfield with a dissertation titled Ms. Understanding Sex: Representations of Women in Fiction between the Wars.  She received her BA from the University of California at Berkeley in English Literature & Rhetoric.
  • She currently resides in Bristol and works in London, and has a keen passion in sea swimming.

Sharon Wilson

  • Sharon Wilson is a former President of the Doris Lessing Society.
  • sharon.wilson@unco.edu

Honorary/Lifetime members

Paul Schlueter

  • Paul Schlueter has been involved in Lessing scholarship, as well as in much other writing and editing about modern British and American literature, for most of his professional life. These efforts include one of the first essays on Lessing’s writing (1965); reviews of most of Lessing’s books (1965 to present); one of the first two dissertations (1968); creation of the Lessing seminars at the annual MLA conferences that led to the establishment of the Doris Lessing Society (1971); the first book on Lessing published by a university press (1973); the first collection of her short writings, prepared in collaboration with Lessing (1974; German editions in 1989 and 1991, British in 1994); editor, member of advisory and editorial boards, and frequent contributor for Doris Lessing Newsletter and Doris Lessing Studies (1978 to present); and longtime personal acquaintance with Lessing.
  • His degrees are from the University of Minnesota, the University of Denver, and Southern Illinois University. Some of his other publications include Shirley Ann Grau (Twayne, 1981) and, with June Schlueter, An Encyclopedia of British Woman Writers (Garland, 1988; revised and expanded edition, Rutgers University Press, 1999). He has published material in a number of reference works, including over 60 entries for the Micropaedia volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1974) and various volumes in the Dictionary of Literary Biography series.
  • schluetp@gmail.com
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