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Title:Part special issue: in pursuit of transcendence: honouring Doris Lessing
Author:Primorac, RankaISNI
Year:2016
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies (ISSN 1465-3893)
Volume:42
Issue:1
Pages:108-148
Language:English
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:novels
autobiography
literary criticism
About person:Doris May Lessing (1919-2013)
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cjss20/42/1
Abstract:The 'Journal of Southern African Studies' pays Doris Lessing a belated tribute following her death in 2013 with new articles by eminent scholars in the fields of literary and cultural studies. The three articles gathered in this part special issue adopt different generic forms. Anthony Chennells - a close friend and dialogic partner of Lessing's - who nevertheless maintains a literary critic's distance when addressing her work - analyses the representation and significance of Catholicism in Lessing's 2011 novel 'The Sweetest Dream'. Bill Schwarz contributes a historian's reading of how gendered whiteness is constructed by the 1950 classic, 'The Grass is Singing'. Finally, the postcolonial feminist scholar and Lessing expert Susan Watkins looks at the first volume of Lessing's autobiography, 'Under My Skin' (1994), as an example of what she terms second-world life writing. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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