Special Issues

Volume 30, Number 1

Special Issue: Gender and Sexualities

Guest Editors: Molly Pulda and Robin Visel


  • 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 28, Number 2

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

Guest Editors: Alice Ridout and Susan Watkins


  • 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 26, Number 1

Special Issue: Teaching Doris Lessing

Guest Editors: Tonya Krouse and Debrah Raschke


  • 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 24, Numbers 1 and 2

Special Issue: Coming to Age

Guest Editors: Josna Rege and Ruth Saxton


  • “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 1

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

Guest Editor: Sharon R. Wilson


  • 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 1

Special Issue: Doris Lessing and the Spirit of Postcolonialism

Guest Editors: Anthony Chennells and Debrah Raschke


  • “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