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Doris Lessing

Susan Watkins


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 t ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780719074813
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719074813.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Watkins, author