Past Contents

Volume 32

Contents:

  • Letter from the President, Alice Ridout
  • Letter from the Guest Co-editors, Terry Reilly and Robin Visel
  • “Doris Lessing and Moidi Jokl: A Reassessment,” Terry Reilly
  • “Lessing’s First Post-war London Novel: Retreat to Innocence,” Robin Visel
  • “‘Some Sort of Knowledge'” Without Concepts, Without Certainty,” Sookyoung Lee
  • “‘Unanchored fragments of print’: Lessing’s Experiments with Drama and Poetry in the Late 1950s,” Nick Bentley
  • “Of Pigeons and Expats: Doris Lessing, Sam Selvon, and Zadie Smith,” Alice Ridout
  • “A Celebration of the Life of Doris Lessing,” Virginia Tiger
  • List of Society Officers

Volume 31, Number 1 & 2

Contents:

  • Letter from the President, Alice Ridout
  • Letter from the Co-editors, P. Perrakis, S Singer, & J.E.Warnock
  • A Catalogue of Failures: Error and Processual Utopia in Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook, Shannon Maguire
  • Towards a Communist Narratology: On the Idea of Communism in Lessing’s The Golden Notebook, Gregory Fenton
  • Madness and Mothering in Doris Lessing’s The Four-Gated City (1969), Kerry Myler
  • Is A Proper Marriage a Bildungsroman?, Lisa Downward
  • Review of Contemporary Writers Look Back: From Irony to Nostalgia by Alice Ridout, Phyllis Perrakis
  • Farewell to Literary Immortal, Paul Schlueter
  • List of Society Officers

 

Volume 30, Number 2

Contents:

  • Letter from the President, Alice Ridout
  • Letter from the Co-editors, Phyllis Perrakis and Sandra Singer
  • “On Not Writing (Realist) Characters: The Uncanny Experimentalism of The Grass is Singing,” Dorian Stuber
  • “No Climax: The Rhetoric of Incest and Short Story Form in Lessing’s ‘Each Other,'” Judith Kegan Gardiner
  • “Looking Back to the Days of Thatcher: Mirroring Familial Relationships in London Observed,” Sandra Singer
  • “Reading ‘What Is the Function of the Storyteller?’: A Response to Alice Ridout’s Essay,” Lili Wang
  • List of Society Officers

Volume 30, Number 1

Special Issue: Gender and Sexualities

Guest Editors: Molly Pulda and Robin Visel

Contents:

  • Letter from the Co-editors, Molly Pulda and Robin Visel
  • “Liberation and Taboo: Normative Sexuality in Lessing’s Fiction,” Robin Visel
  • “The Self which Surfaces: Competing Maternal Discourses in A Proper Marriage,” Sherah Wells
  • “Free From the Family: Lessing, Klein, and the Unwanted Child,” James Arnett
  • “‘The odd man out in the family?’ Queer Throwbacks and Reproductive Futurism in The Fifth Child,” Mica Hilson
  • “The Crisis of an Old Order: Gender, Sexual Relations, and Reproduction in Lessing’s The Cleft,” Imke Brust
  • List of Society Officers

Volume 29, Number 2

Contents:

  • Letter from the President, Tonya Krouse
  • Letter from the Co-editors, Phyllis Perrakis, Sandra Singer and Jeanie E. Warnock
  • “War and Genre in Doris Lessing’s Alfred and Emily,” Molly Pulda
  • “Dystopia/Utopia in Doris Lessing’s Canopus in Argos novel The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four, and Five,” Earl G. Ingersoll
  • “Lessing’s Narrative Strategies in The Summer Before The Dark,” Sima Aghazadeh
  • “Stating the Problem: Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook and the Possibility of Representation,” Sophia Barnes
  • “Cosmopolitanism and the Lessing Canon: Review of Doris Lessing by Susan Watkins,” Sandra Singer
  • White Material: A New Film Loosely Based on The Grass Is Singing,” Paul Schlueter
  • List of Society Officers

Volume 29, Number 1

Contents:

  • Letter from the Co-editors, P. Perrakis, S. Singer, and J.E. Warnock
  • Letter from the President, Tonya Krouse
  • “‘The View from the Threshold’: Doris Lessing’s Nobel Acceptance Speech,” Alice Ridout
  • “Lessing’s Engagement with Platonic Idealism in Briefing for a Descent into Hell,” Canan Savkay
  • “Almost Human but Not Quite?: The Impenetrability of Being in Doris Lessing’s Ben, In the World,” Meng-Tsung Hsieh
  • “Reading Textuality and Sexuality in Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook and Luce Irigaray’s This Sex Which Is Not One,” Michael James Griffin II
  • Review of Adventures of the Spirit: The Older Woman in the Works of Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood, and Other Contemporary Women Writers, Christine W. Sizemore

Volume 28, Number 2

Special Issue: Doris Lessing, Nation, Politics, and Identity

Guest Editors: Alice Ridout and Susan Watkins

Contents:

  • Letter from the Co-editors, Alice Ridout and Susan Watkins
  • “The Spectre of the Aged Woman Writer,” Mary Eagleton
  • “Re-mapping Centre and Periphery,” Linda Weinhouse
  • “Lessing as Gorgon: ‘The Stare’,” Judith Kegan Gardiner
  • “Arabian Nights Fairy-tale Turned Postcolonial Parable: Narrative Manoeuvres in Doris Lessing’s Mara and Dann,” Lamia Tayeb
  • “A Review of Doris Lessing: Border Crossings, ed. Alice Ridout and Susan Watkins (London: Continuum, 2009),” Sandra Singer
  • List of Society Officers

 Volume 28, Number 1

Contents:

  • Letter from the Co-editors, Phyllis Perrakis, Sandra Singer and Jeanie E. Warnock
  • Letter from the Out-Going President, Sharon Wilson
  • Letter from the In-Coming President, Tonya Krouse
  • “‘The Last Walls Dissolve’: Space Versus Architecture in The Memoirs of a Survivor and ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’,” Kathy Farquharson
  • “‘No Such Thing as Society’: Thatcherism and Derridean Hospitality in The Fifth Child,” Richard Brock
  • “Knowledge and Sexual Construction in Lessing’s The Memoirs of a Survivor and The Fifth Child,” Debrah Raschke
  • “Postcolonial Identities in The Golden Notebook,” Sharon R. Wilson
  • “Life Story: Doris, Alfred and Emily Review of Alfred and Emily,” Virginia Tiger
  • “Thinking Global Identities: Review of Identity in Doris Lessing’s Space Fiction,” Sandra Singer
  • “A Postcard from Lessing,” Paul Schlueter
  • List of Society Officers

Volume 27, Numbers 1 and 2

Contents:

  • Letter from the Co-Editors, Suzette Henke, Jeanie E. Warnock
  • “‘Born in the Year 1919’: Doris Lessing, the First World War, and the Children of Violence,” Marlene A. Briggs
  • “Reading Doris Lessing’s Golden Notebook As Feminist Trauma Narrative,” Suzette Henke
  • Free Women and Freeman: The Language of Lobotomy in The Golden Notebook,” Terry Reilly
  • “‘A fit country for heroes to live in:’ Doris Lessing’s The Good Terrorist as Trauma Text,” Diana Austin
  • “An Eye Towards Recovery: Trauma, Nostalgia, and the Bush in African Laughter,” Melissa Walker
  • “‘Crested, not Cloven’: The Cleft/Review of The Cleft,” Virginia Tiger
  • List of Society Officers

Volume 26, Number 2

Contents:

  • Letter from the Co-Editors, Phyllis Perrakis, Sandra Singer and Jeanie E. Warnock
  • Letter from the President, Sharon Wilson
  • “Parody and Pastiche in The Golden Notebook,” Yuan-Jung Cheng
  • “‘She Was Where?: Lessing, Woolf and their Radical Epistemologies of Place,” Aaron Rosenfeld
  • “‘But Let’s Preserve the Forms’: Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook (1962) As a Hegelian Modernist Novel,” Soo Kim
  • “Doris Lessing, Socialist Realism, and the Plaasroman,” Julie Cairnie
  • “Doris Lessing: the Sufi Connection,” Müge Galin

Volume 26, Number 1

Special Issue: Teaching Doris Lessing

Guest Editors: Tonya Krouse and Debrah Raschke

Contents:

  • Letter from the Guest Co-Editors, Tonya Krouse and Debrah Raschke
  • Letter from the President, Sharon Wilson
  • “Lessing Pedagogy Post-9/11/01,” Suzette Henke
  • “‘Laminations,’ – The Golden Notebook and Babel Tower: ‘The Condition of England Novel’ in a Modern & Contemporary British Fiction Graduate Course,” Virginia Tiger
  • “Anthologization and the Places of Doris Lessing and Nadine Gordimer in the Liberal Arts Curriculum,” Terry Reilly
  • “Making Room for Doris Lessing in the Survey of British Literature II: Teaching ‘To Room Nineteen’ with Rushdie’s ‘The Prophet’s Hair’,” Tonya Krouse

Volume 25, Number 2

Contents:

  • Letter from the Co-Editors, Phyllis Perrakis, Sandra Singer and Jeanie E. Warnock
  • Letter from the Outgoing President, Debrah Raschke
  • Letter from the Incoming President, Sharon Wilson
  • “Writing in a Minor Key,” Susan Watkins
  • “The Politics of the Zimbabwean Everyday in Doris Lessing’s African Laughter: Four Visits to Zimbabwe (1992),” Sarah De Mul
  • “Historicizing Homophobia in The Golden Notebook and ‘The Day Stalin Died’,” Judith Kegan Gardiner
  • “Genealogy and Becoming in the Canopus in Argos: Archives Series,” Lauren Lacey

Volume 25, Number 1

Contents:

  • Letter from the Co-Editors, Phyllis Perrakis, Sandra Singer and Jeanie E. Warnock
  • Letter from the President, Debrah Raschke
  • “Doris Lessing’s ‘Playing the Game’,” Earl G. Ingersoll
  • “‘Sucks to You’: Lessing in London on Woolf,” Amanda Cole
  • “‘Aspects of Each Other’: Lessing, Laing, and the Question of Literary Authority,” Byron K. Brown
  • “Revisiting Reliable Narration and The Politics of Perspectives,” Linda E. Chown
  • “The Honeysuckle and the Camellia: A Reader-Response Theory of Literary Interpretation,” Samuel B. Garren
  • “Doris Lessing and A.S. Byatt: Writing The Golden Notebook in the 1990s,” Pilar Hidalgo
  • Calls for Papers
  • List of Society Officers

Volume 24, Numbers 1 and 2

Special Issue: Coming to Age

Guest Editors: Josna Rege and Ruth Saxton

Contents:

  • “A Conversation with Doris Lessing: ‘Lucky the culture where the old can talk to the young and the young can talk to the old’,” Doris Lessing and Billy Gray
  • Letter from the President, Debrah Raschke
  • “Introduction: The Child is Mother of the Woman,” Josna Rege
  • “Coming of Age: The Emergence of the Aging Female Protagonist in Literature,” Evelyn Pezzulich
  • “Playing in the Shadows: Aging and Female Invisibility in The Summer Before the Dark,” Suzanne Leonard
  • The Summer Before the Dark: The Void of Motherhood,” Amy Lee
  • “Changing Bodies, Changing Minds: Constructions of Age via The Diaries of Jane Somers,” Leni Marshall
  • “‘None of it adds up’: Economies of Aging in The Diary of a Good Neighbour,” Cynthia Port
  • “Patterns of Aging in the Ninth Stage of Life: The Diary of a Good Neighbour,” Christine W. Sizemore
  • “Journeys of the Spirit: The Older Woman in Doris Lessing’s Works,” Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis
  • “Sex Over Sixty? From Love, Again to The Sweetest Dream,” Ruth Saxton

Volume 23, Number 2

Contents:

  • Letter from the Co-Editors, Phyllis Perrakis and Sandra Singer
  • Letter from the President, Debrah Raschke
  • “Race, Sex, and Radical Politics in Doris Lessing’s World War II Zambesia/Rhodesia/Zimbabwe,” Claire Sprague
  • “Awakening the Solitary Soul: Gendered History in Women’s Fiction and Michael Cunningham’s The Hours,” Sandra Singer
  • “Unlocking the Prison of the Past: Childhood Trauma and Narrative in The Memoirs of a Survivor,” Jeanie Warnock
  • “Temporal Temptations in Lessing’s Mara and Dann: Arriving at the Present Moment,” Theresa Crater
  • “Doris Lessing Revisited: Some Insights on Lessing’s Recent Reception in Spain,” Carmen Garcia Navarro

Volume 23, Number 1

Special Issue:Myth and Fairy Tales in Doris Lessing’s Fiction

Guest Editor: Sharon R. Wilson

Contents:

  • Introduction, Sharon R. Wilson
  • “Confronting the Myth: Lessing, Foucault, and Post-War Marxism,” Michael Kramp
  • “Myth and Satire: Reading Lessing’s The Golden Notebook through Apuleius’s The Golden Ass,” Terry Reilly
  • “Lessing’s The Fifth Child: From Fairy-Tale to Monstrosity,” Debrah Raschke
  • “Ben’s Tale: Doris Lessing’s Mythic Anti-Biography,” Christine De Vinne
  • “The Cosmic Egg in Lessing’s The Memoirs of a Survivor,” Sharon R. Wilson

Volume 22, Number 2

Contents:

  • “The Politics of Authenticity: A Reading of The Golden Notebook,” Nivedita Majumdar
  • “Made From Memories,” Virginia Tiger
  • “From The Golden Notebook to The Sweetest Dream,” Linda Weinhouse
  • MLA update: “Dear Lessingites,” Phyllis Perrakis
  • “R.D. Laing, Doris Lessing and Cold War Madness,” Tony Jackson
  • “Lessing Critics: The Earlier Generation,” Paul Schlueter

Volume 22, Number 1

Special Issue: Doris Lessing and the Spirit of Postcolonialism

Guest Editors: Anthony Chennells and Debrah Raschke

Contents:

  • “Postcolonialism: Zimbabwe to Star Wars,” Anthony Chennells and Debrah Raschke
  • Letter from the Guest Editors, Anthony Chennells and Debrah Raschke
  • “Postcolonialism and Doris Lessing’s Empires,” Anthony Chennells
  • “Knowing Native, Going Native: African Laughter, Colonial Epistemology, and Post-Colonial Homecoming,” John McCallister
  • “Rhodesia’s Lady of Shalott: Post-/Colonial Representation of a Female Protagonist,” Petra Bittner
  • “The ‘Heart of the Kingdom’: Colonial Politics in Lessing’s The Fifth Child,” Debrah Raschke
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