Recent articles and book chapters about Lessing

The following articles and book chapters have been published since 2010. For articles published in Doris Lessing Studies, refer to the lists of our past issues, current issues, and special issues. (Book collections of individually authored essays are listed on a separate page of this site.) If your recent peer-reviewed article is not listed on this site, please contact us.

Aghazadeh, Sima. “Sexual-Political Colonialism and Failure of Individuation in Doris Lessing’s The Grass Is Singing.Journal Of International Women’s Studies 12.1 (2011): 107-121.

Aleya, E. “Reading Women’s Worlds from Christine De Pizan to Doris Lessing: A Guide to Six Centuries of Women Writers Imagining Rooms of Their Own.” Choice (Conari Press) 49.3 (2011): 498. Library Literature & Information Science Full Text (H.W. Wilson).

Anderst, Leah. “Feeling with Real Others: Narrative Empathy in the Autobiographies of Doris Lessing and Alison Bechdel.” Narrative 23.3 (2015): 271-90.

Annus, Iren E. “The Unheroine: The Figure of the Spinster in Doris Lessing’s ‘The Trinket Box.’” She’s Leaving Home: Women’s Writing in English in a European Context. Ed. Nora Sellei and June Waudby. New York: Peter Lang, 2011. 53-62.

Arias, Rosario. “‘Aren’t You Haunted By All This Recurrence?’: Spectral Traces of Traumatized Childhood(s) in Doris Lessing’s The Sweetest Dream.” Critique 53.4 (2012): 355-365.

Begum, Shahara, and Sarwar Jahan. “Victims Without Crimes: Mary Turner in The Grass Is Singing and Ila Das in Fire on the Mountain.” Language in India 12.3 (2012): 506.

Bright, Gillian. “Paper, Ink, and the ‘Blood-Stained Inanity’: The Aesthetics of Terrorist Violence in Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent, Paul Theroux’s The Family Arsenal, and Doris Lessing’s The Good Terrorist.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 56.2 (2015): 190-206.

Cheng, Catherine Ju-Yu. “The Virtual We: The Survivors, the Cities, and the Cosmos in Doris Lessing’s Shikasta.” Tamkang Review 46.1 (2015): 117-39.

Chennells, Anthony. “The Sweetest Dream: Lessing, Zimbabwe, and Catholicism.” Journal of Southern African Studies 42.1 (2016): 111-25.

Clark, Emily. “Re-Reading Horror Stories: Maternity and Disability and Narrative in Doris Lessing’s The Fifth Child.” Feminist Review 98 (2011): 173-89.

Collins, Cornelius. “‘A Horizontal, Almost Nationless Organisation:’ Doris Lessing’s Prophecies of Globalization.” Twentieth Century Literature 56.2 (Summer 2010): 221-244.

De Rango, Emily. “Clothing In Doris Lessing’s The Memoirs of a Survivor.Explicator 71.4 (2013): 259-262.

De Vinne, C. “The Uncanny Unnamable In Doris Lessing’s The Fifth Child and Ben, in the World. Names-A Journal Of Onomastics 60.1 (n.d.): 15-25.

“Doris Lessing and Frederick Sanger, Nobel Laureates, Die in Their 90s.” Chronicle Of Higher Education 13 (2013).

“Doris Lessing.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition (2013): 1. Publisher Provided Full Text Searching File.

Efraim, Sicher, and Weinhouse Linda. “Under Colonial Eyes: Doris Lessing And The Jews.” Under Postcolonial Eyes. 47. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2013.

Franková, Milada. “Dystopian Transformations: Post-Coldwar Dystopian Writing By Women.” Brno Studies In English 39.1 (2013): 211-226.

Grogan, Bridget. (Im)Purity, Danger and the Body in Doris Lessing’s The Grass Is Singing.” English Studies in Africa: A Journal of the Humanities 54.2 (2011): 31-42.

Hämäläinen, Nora. “The Ethics Of Remembering People And The Fact/Value Dichotomy–Doris Lessing And Iris Murdoch.” Pluralist 9.2 (2014): 84.

Hargreaves, Tracy. “‘To Find A Form That Accommodates The Mess’: Truth Telling From Doris Lessing To B. S. Johnson.” Yearbook Of English Studies 42.1 (2012): x.

Henke, Suzette. “The Challenge of Teaching Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook in the Twenty-First Century.” Doris Lessing: Interrogating the Times. Ed. Debrah Raschke, Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis and Sandra Singer. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2010. 183-201.

Howe, Florence. “Epilogue: Bellagio, The Creative Bone, Doris Lessing, And Homespace.” A Life in Motion. 559. New York: The Feminist Press, 2011.

Joosten, Melanie. “Reading Doris Lessing And Meeting Maudie Fowler: Notes On Writing And Doing Good.” Meanjin 1 (2012): 138.

Katsarova, Vesela. “From Confined Space to Global Worlds and Complex Techniques: George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Doris Lessing.” Globalization in English Studies. Ed. Maria Georgieva and Allen James. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2010. 71-88.

Kiaei, Shahram. “Sufi Novels And Parables: A Significant Change in Doris Lessing’s Writing.” Asian Culture & History 4.1 (2012): 41.

Kohlmann, Benjamin. “Toward a History and Theory of the Socialist Bildungsroman.” Novel: A Forum on Fiction 48.2 (2015): 167-89.

Krouse, Tonya. “‘Anon,’ ‘Free Women,’ and the Pleasures of Impersonality.” Doris Lessing: Interrogating the Times. Ed. Debrah Raschke, Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis and Sandra Singer. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2010. 32-57.

Kun, Zhao. “An Analysis Of Three Images In Doris Lessing’s ‘To Room Nineteen.'” Theory and Practice in Language Studies 8 (2012): 1651. Directory of Open Access Journals.

—. “A Narrative Analysis Of Lessing’s The Fifth Child.” Theory and Practice in Language Studies 2.7 (2012): 1498.

Lalbakhsh, Pedram, and Yahya Wan Roselezam Wan. “The Subversive Feminine: Sexual Oppression and Sexual Identity in Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook.” Studies in Literature & Language 3.3 (2011): 92.

Landry, Denys. “Maternal Blitz: Harriet Lovatt as Postpartum Sufferer in Doris Lessing’s The Fifth Child.” Textual Mothers/Maternal Texts: Motherhood in Contemporary Women’s Literature. Ed. Elizabeth Podnieks and Andrew O’Reilly. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010. 157-168.

Lessing, Doris [May] Doris Tayler. n.p.: Oxford University Press, 2010. Oxford Reference.

Lessing, Doris. n.p.: Oxford University Press, 2011. Oxford Reference.

Louw, Pat. “Domestic Spaces: Huts and Houses in Doris Lessing’s African Stories.” Doris Lessing: Interrogating the Times. Ed. Debrah Raschke, Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis and Sandra Singer. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2010. 165-182.

—. “Landscape and the Anti-pastoral Critique in Doris Lessing’s African Stories.” English Academy Review: Southern African Journal of English Studies 27.1 (2010): 36-44.

Magome, Kiyoko. Secret Function Of A String Quartet In Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook.” Notes On Contemporary Literature 43.1 (2013): 2-4.

Majoul, Bootheina Aouadi. “Doris Lessing: The Right Way.Luvah : Journal Of The Creative Imagination (2012): Directory of Open Access Journals.

Mutekwa, Anias, and Terrence Musanga. “Subalternizing and Reclaiming Ecocentric Environmental Discourses in Zimbabwean Literature: (Re)Reading Doris Lessing’s The Grass Is Singing and Chenjerai Hove’s Ancestors.Isle: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 20.2 (2013): 239-257.

O’Reilly, Andrea, and Elizabeth Podnieks. “Maternal Blitz: Harriet Lovatt As Postpartum Sufferer In Doris Lessings The Fifth Child.” Textual Mothers/Maternal Texts : Motherhood in Contemporary Womens Literatures. 157. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010.

Oró-Piqueras, Maricel. “The ‘Dys-Appearing’ Body In Doris Lessing’s The Diary Of A Good Neighbour and Margaret Forster’s Have The Men Had Enough? Societies 4 (2012): 270.

—. “Narrating Ageing: Deconstructing Negative Conceptions of Old Age in Four Contemporary English Novels.” Journal Of Aging Studies 27.1 (2013): 47-51.

—. “Perpetuating Our Secrets: Ageing and Memory in Doris Lessing’s The Grandmothers.” Interactions: Ege University Journal of British and American Studies/Ege Üniversitesi İngiliz ve Amerikan İncelemeleri Dergisi19.1-2 (2010): 65-74.

—. “Wrinkles and Selves: Time and Memory through the Ageing Body in Penelope Lively’s Spiderweb and Doris Lessing’s love, again.” Acculturating Age: Approaches to Cultural Gerontology. Ed. Brian J. Worsfold. Lerida, Spain: Universitat de Lleida, 2011. 249-260.

Pangmeshi, Adamu. “Postcolonialism, Female Portrayal and Self Understanding in Selected Novels of Doris Lessing and Bessie Head.Interactions 1-2 (2014): 191.

Pedram, Lalbakhsh, and Yahya Wan Roselezam Wan. “Engendering the Feminine Power: Identity, Prescience and Anticipation in Doris Lessing’s The Grass Is Singing and The Good Terrorist.” Cross-Cultural Communication 4 (2011): 30.

—. “The Subversive Feminine: Sexual Oppression and Sexual Identity in Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook. Studies In Literature And Language 3 (2011): 92.

Perrakis, Phyllis Sternberg. “The Porous Border between Fact and Fiction, Empathy and Identification in Doris Lessing’s The Cleft.” Doris Lessing: Interrogating the Times. Ed. Debrah Raschke, Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis and Sandra Singer. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2010. 113-129.

Raskin, Jonah. “The Golden Notebook: Doris Lessing’s Rendezvous with the Zeitgeist.Dissent 1 (2013): 74.

Reichmann, Angelika. “An Unfeminine Feminine Voice: Elements of (Female) Gothic in Doris Lessing’s The Grass is Singing.” Does It Really Mean That? Interpreting the Literary Ambiguous. Ed. Kathleen Dubs and Janka Kascakova. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2011. 155-164.

Ridout, Alice. “‘What Is the Function of the Storyteller?’: The Relationship between Why and How Lessing Writes.” Doris Lessing: Interrogating the Times. Ed. Debrah Raschke, Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis, and Sandra Singer. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2010. 77-91.

Roberts, Robin. “American Science Fiction and Contemporary Criticism.” Review of Gateways to Forever: The Story of Science-Fiction Magazines from 1970-1980 by Mike Ashley, The Subject of Race in American Science Fiction by Sharon deGraw, Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction by John Rieder, and Galactic Suburbia: Recovering Women’s Science Fiction by Lisa Yaszek. American Literary History 22.1 (Spring 2010): 207-217.

Rubenstein, Roberta. “Notes for Proteus: Doris Lessing Reads the Zeitgeist.” Doris Lessing: Interrogating the Times. Ed. Debrah Raschke, Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis, and Sandra Singer. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2010. 11-31.

Saunders, Max. “After‐Lives: Postmodern Experiments In Meta‐Auto/Biografiction: Sartre, Nabokov, Lessing, Byatt.” n.p.: Oxford University Press, 2010. Oxford Scholarship Online.

Saxton, Ruth O. “Sex after Sixty: love, again and The Sweetest Dream.” Doris Lessing: Interrogating the Times. Ed. Debrah Raschke, Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis, and Sandra Singer. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2010. 202-210.

Schwarz, Bill. “The Fact of Whiteness: Doris Lessing’s The Grass Is Singing — A Historian’s Notebook.” Journal of Southern African Studies 42.1 (2016): 127-36.

Seamon, David. “Physical and Virtual Environments: Meaning of Place and Space.” Willard & Spackman’s Occupational Therapy, 12th ed. Ed B. Schell & M. Scaffa. Philadelphia: Wippincott, William & Wilkens, 2013. [includes a qualitiative case study, “An Elderly Woman’s Lifeworld,” that draws on the experiences of character Maudie Fowler as presented in Lessing’s The Diaries of Jane Somers.]

Sicher, Efraim, and Linda Weinhouse. “Under Postcolonial Eyes: Figuring The ‘Jew’ In Contemporary British Writing.” Lincoln, NE: U of Nebraska P, 2012.

Singer, Sandra. “London and Kabul: Assessing the Politics of Terrorist Violence.” Doris Lessing: Interrogating the Times. Ed. Debrah Raschke, Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis, and Sandra Singer. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2010. 92-112.

—. “War Trauma in Doris Lessing’s Children of Violence Series.” albeit 2.1 (August 2015): Women on War. http://albeitjournal.com/albeit-2-1-women-on-war/

Sizemore, Christine W. “‘One Half of the World Was Hungry’: The Evolution of Doris Lessing’s Critique of Global Hunger in In Pursuit of the EnglishThe Summer Before the Dark, and Alfred and Emily.” Food, Culture and Society 18.4 (December 2015): 629-43.

Solinger, Frederick J. “Nostalgia for the Future: Remembrance of Things to Come in Doris Lessing’s Martha Quest.” A Review of International English Literature 45.3 (2014): 75-99.

Song, Shenli. “Alienation and Isolation – Problems of the Modern Society in Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook.” Review of European Studies 2.2 (2010): 164-169.

Sperlinger, Tom. “Radical Pedagogy in Doris Lessing’s Mara and Dann.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 22 Nov. 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00111619.2016.1242473.

—. “A Writer Without Qualities: Recent Work on Doris Lessing.” Contemporary Women’s Writing 6.2 (2012): 177-184.

Stern, Megan. “Feminism and contemporary women writers: rethinking subjectivity.” Feminist Review 97 (March 2011): e5-e6. Review of “Feminism and contemporary women writers: rethinking subjectivity” by Radha Chakravarty. New Delhi: Routledge, 2007.

Sullivan, Daniel, and Jeff Greenberg. “Monstrous Children As Harbingers Of Mortality: A Psychological Analysis Of Doris Lessing’s The Fifth Child.Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory 22.2 (2011): 113-133.

Tanritanir, Bülent Cercis, and Hasan Boynukara. “Letter-Writing As Voice Of Women In Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook And Alice Walker’s The Color Purple.Journal Of Graduate School Of Social Sciences 15.1 (2011): 279-298.

Tiger, Virginia. “love, again and The Sweetest Dream: Fiction and Interleaved Fictions.” Doris Lessing: Interrogating the Times. Ed. Debrah Raschke, Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis, and Sandra Singer. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2010. 133-148.

Tracy, Hargreaves. “‘…to find a form that accommodates the mess’: Truth Telling from Doris Lessing to B. S. Johnson.Yearbook of English Studies 2012: 204.

Visel, Robin. “House/Mother: Lessing’s Reproduction of Realism in The Sweetest Dream.” Doris Lessing: Interrogating the Times. Ed. Debrah Raschke, Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis, and Sandra Singer. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2010. 58-74.

Visel, Robin, and Reilly, Terry. “Special Issue on Émigrés and Exiles: Doris Lessing in Postwar London.” Doris Lessing Studies 32 (2014): 1-29.

Wang, Ningchuan, and Yiping Wen. “In Room Nineteen Why Did Susan Commit Suicide? Reconsidering Gender Relations From A Doris Lessing’s Novel.” Studies In Literature & Language 4.1 (2012): 65.

Watkins, Susan. “Doris Lessing (1919-2013).” Journal of Commonwealth Literature Dec. 2013: 617.

—. “Future Shock: Rewriting The Apocalypse In Contemporary Women’s Fiction.” Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory 23.2 (2012): 119-137.

—. “Second World Life Writing: Doris Lessing’s Under My Skin.” Journal of Southern African Studies 42.1 (2016): 137-48.

—. “Summoning Your Youth At Will’: Memory, Time, and Aging in the Work of Penelope Lively, Margaret Atwood, and Doris Lessing.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 2 (2013): 222.

—. “Writing in a Minor Key: Doris Lessing’s Late-Twentieth-Century Fiction.” Doris Lessing: Interrogating the Times. Ed. Debrah Raschke, Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis, and Sandra Singer. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2010. 149-161.

Więckowska, Katarzyna. “A Post-Battle Landscape: Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook And The Cleft.” Crossroads In Literature & Culture (2013): 45.

Young, E. “Doris Lessing – Contemporary World Writers Series.Journal Of Gender Studies 21.3 (2012): 335-336.

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