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
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.
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
Society members will find an updated membership list, complete information regarding issues of Doris Lessing Studies, bibliographies of Lessing scholarship, a centralized location for relevant CFPs, and a Members’ Blog with which to share experiences and ideas. In addition, we have continued to offer much of the information accessible through the old website, including past conference programs, information from MLA panels, and AGM minutes. Other great new resources include reading guides for book clubs, links to interviews with Doris Lessing, and links to other literary societies of interest.
Please consider following the Doris Lessing Society via email (which you can opt to do using the button on the sidebar of the website). This is especially useful for members if you would like to be immediately notified of the latest Society news (including – but not limited to – MLA panels and calls for papers). If you are not a member, joining the Doris Lessing Society is easier than ever! Benefits of membership and instructions for joining are available through the menu at the top of the website.
Thank you to all who made the new website possible and to those who have created, developed and maintained past Doris Lessing Society websites for so many years. Enjoy!
The Doris Lessing Society invites students from the undergraduate, graduate and Doctoral levels to compete in this year’s Student Essay Contest!
All winners will receive a free year of membership to the Society and the winning essay in the graduate category will be considered for publication in Doris Lessing Studies. This is a great opportunity to get your paper published in a peer-reviewed journal! Students may submit work independently or be nominated by professors. We are also accepting recent graduates (those who have graduated no earlier than 2010).
For more details on submission requirements, please see our Student Essay Contest page.