Society News

the Doris Lessing Society at the 2018 MLA Convention

Full details for the Doris Lessing Society’s panel session and annual general meeting at the 2018 MLA Convention in New York City are now posted on this site’s current MLA page. We hope you will join us for either or both events!

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Doris Lessing Studies — new issue

Just published: the new issue of the Society’s academic journal, Doris Lessing Studies! This year’s issue is volume 35.

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 this and other recent issues can be downloaded, and here is the page to become a member and receive access.

The table of contents:

  • Letter from the President, Cornelius Collins
  • My Life with Doris Lessing Studies, Phyllis Perrakis
  • Letter from the Co-Editors, Robin Visel
  • Review: Doris Lessing and the Forming of History, Lara Choksey
  • “‘Class’ Is not a South African Word’: Parallel Development and “The Place of Black Labor,” Peter Ribic
  • African, Communist: Situating Doris Lessing’s “African Dances,” James Arnett
  • Prisons We Choose to Live Inside: Doris Lessing Speaks Truth to Power, Eleonora Rao
  • “Power to Disturb”: Exploring Iterations of Queerness in Selected Works of Doris Lessing, Stephanie Settle
  • Teaching Lessing Primarily to Graduate Students, Sandra Singer
  • List of Society Officers

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.


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