Society News

2016 graduate student essay contest results

The winner of the 2016 Doris Lessing Society graduate student essay contest has been announced! See this page for the news.

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the 2016 issue of Doris Lessing Studies

The new issue of the Society’s academic journal, Doris Lessing Studies, is now available! This year we welcome volume 34 to the collection.

As with last year, the journal is first published here on our web site, in PDF format, for members to download. The contents will also shortly appear in EBSCO’s and ProQuest’s literature databases; contact your library for access instructions to these academic resources. Here is a link to our online archive, where the issue can be downloaded, and here is the page to become a member.

The table of contents for this year’s issue:

  • Letter from the President, Cornelius Collins
  • Letter from the Co-Editors, Mark Pedretti and Robin Visel
  • After Aldermaston: Doris Lessing and the Problem of Revolution in the Nuclear Age, Mark Pedretti
  • Reading Forward: The Fractal Texts of Doris Lessing and David Mitchell, Robin Visel
  • Comparative Empires: Diaspora and Hybridity in Children of Violence and Canopus in Argos: Archives, Linda Weinhouse
  • Ageism and Gender Performativity in The Summer Before the Dark, Sima Aghazadeh
  • Becoming Jane Somers: Constructing Authorship, Genre, and Age in The Diary of a Good Neighbour, Kortney Stern
  • She Wrote Past Us: Early Readings of Doris Lessing, Linda Chown
  • Review: “So much depends . . . upon distance”: Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook After Fifty, Debrah Raschke
  • List of Society Officers

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!


Start talking about The Fifth Child with the CWWA!

The CWWA (Contemporary Women’s Writing Association) has recently begun a book club, and their first novel is Lessing’s The Fifth Child. Although they have already met to discuss the novel in person, you can listen to the podcast and participate in an online discussion with other Lessing enthusiasts!