Doris Lessing's "Landlocked": "A New Kind of Knowledge"

Document Type



English (Scripps)

Publication Date

Spring 1987


English Language and Literature | Fiction


Landlocked is the fourth novel in Lessing's Children of Violence, the five-volume epic that takes Martha Quest from her childhood in southern Africa through the end of the world, and that takes Lessing from social realism to science fiction. Martha's quest - and the name "Quest" marks her as the prototypical questing protagonist of contemporary women's fiction - is also Lessing's: both seek "something new" against "the nightmare repetition" which is the burden of history, something oppositional to the culture that has formed them.

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© 1987 Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System