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Doris Lessing

Susan Watkins

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780719074813
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703274 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719074813.001.0001
Doris Lessing

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This study examines the writing career of the respected and prolific novelist Doris Lessing, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007 and who has recently published what she has announced will be her final novel. Whereas earlier assessments have focused on Lessing's relationship with feminism and the impact of her 1962 novel, The Golden Notebook, this book argues that Lessing's writing was formed by her experiences of the colonial encounter. It makes use of postcolonial theory and criticism to examine Lessing's continued interest in ideas of nation, empire, gender and race, and the connections between them, looking at the entire range of her writing, including her most recent fiction and non-fiction, which have been comparatively neglected.

Keywords: Doris Lessing; Nobel Prize; feminism; Golden Notebook; postcolonial theory; nation; empire; gender; race; novelist

Book.  240 pages. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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