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Proposals Deadline Extended: Doris Lessing Society Sessions at MLA 2021

Dear Doris Lessing Scholars,

In view of the coronavirus, we are extending the submissions deadline for proposals for the Doris Lessing Society sessions at the 2021 MLA Convention to Monday, March 23, 2020. Please find below the CFPs for the two sessions the Society hopes to sponsor at the MLA, to be held in Toronto, Canada, Jan 7-10, 2021. As an Allied Organization of the MLA we are guaranteed one session and can propose a second. The second is designed to fit the theme of the convention which, in 2021, will be Persistence.

  1. Roundtable: Doris Lessing’s Global Readership
    Thirty years after Claire Sprague’s collection,In Pursuit of Doris Lessing: Nine Nations Reading, Lessing’s readership is more globally dispersed and more locally situated. Inviting 300-word abstracts for 10-minute presentations in micro/macro, cultural/transcultural frames.
    Deadline for submissions: Monday, 23 March 2020[Note extended deadline]
    Josna Rege, Worcester State U (jrege@worcester.edu)
  2. Through the Hard Times: Outlasting Tyranny in Speculative Fiction
    Doris Lessing, Atwood, Coetzee, Butler, and Le Guin, among others, show us what persistence looks like and what to preserve until the walls come down. Comparative papers welcomed. Please send 300-word abstract with short bio.
    Deadline for submissions: Monday, 23 March 2020 [Note extended deadline]
    Josna Rege, Worcester State U (jrege@worcester.edu)

Calls for Papers: DLS sessions at MLA Toronto, 2021

Dear Doris Lessing Scholars,
I am copying below calls for papers for two sessions the Society is proposing for the next MLA convention, which will be held in Toronto, Canada, Jan 7-10, 2021. As an Allied Organization of the MLA we are guaranteed one session and can propose a second. The second is often designed to fit the theme of the convention, which, in 2021, will be Persistence. 
Please write to me with any questions. 
Thank you, 
Josna Rege
Current President, DLS

Doris Lessing Society: Call for Papers for two sessions
2021 Modern Language Association Annual Convention
Toronto, 7–10 January 2021
Please write to Josna Rege (email address below) with any questions. 

1. Roundtable: Doris Lessing’s Global Readership
Thirty years after Claire Sprague’s collection, In Pursuit of Doris Lessing: Nine Nations Reading, Lessing’s readership is more globally dispersed and more locally situated. Inviting 300-word abstracts for 10-minute presentations in micro/macro, cultural/transcultural frames.
Deadline for submissions: Monday, 16 March 2020
Josna Rege, Worcester State U (jrege@worcester.edu)

2. Through the Hard Times: Outlasting Tyranny in Speculative Fiction
Doris Lessing, Atwood, Coetzee, Butler, and Le Guin, among others, show us what persistence looks like and what to preserve until the walls come down. Comparative papers welcomed. Please send 300-word abstract with short bio.
Deadline for submissions: Monday, 16 March 2020
Josna Rege, Worcester State U (jrege@worcester.edu )


Doris Lessing at 100: one month away

“Lessing at 100: The Writer’s Quest,” a conference marking Doris Lessing’s centennial, is taking place at the University of East Anglia next month! A full slate of papers and several special events, with appearances by authors such as Margaret Drabble, are scheduled. Registration to attend the conference is open through 16 August. See the website for more information: http://dorislessing100.org/

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new edited collection: Doris Lessing and the Forming of History

Today marks the appearance of an exciting new collection of essays on Doris Lessing: Doris Lessing and the Forming of History, published by Edinburgh University Press. The volume, which had its genesis at the successful 2014 Doris Lessing conference in Plymouth, England, was edited by Kevin Brazil, David Sergeant, and Tom Sperlinger, and it features contributions from several Society members. The collection offers the first comprehensive, retrospective view of Lessing’s writings across her career, focusing specially on the innovations in literary form she made in response to the historical changes she lived to witness. This book will be a pivotal reference for Lessing scholars over the coming decade. More information at the publisher’s web site, here.

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The breadth and freshness of these essays, introduced by the co-editors’ fine overview of Doris Lessing’s expressions of historical change through literary forms, reinforces the author’s undiminished appeal to contemporary scholars and readers. Exploring formal elements of Lessing’s work—characterization, humour, readership, and film and dream analogues—along with politics and history, human evolution, climate change, and time travel, these essays are timely, ambitious, and intellectually engaging.
– Roberta Rubenstein, American University