Title

Bleak Houses: Doris Lessing, Margaret Drabble, and the Condition of England

Document Type

Article

Department

English (Scripps)

Publication Date

1992

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | English Language and Literature | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Abstract

The condition of England has been of vital concern to novelists from Charles Dickens, William Thackeray, Anthony Trollope, Elizabeth Gaskell, through John Mortimer, David Lodge, Martin Amis, and Hanif Kureishi. In the past few decades England's major women writers have taken it on. I will focus on two novels from the seventies, Doris Lessing's The Summer Before the Dark (1973) and Margaret Drabble's The Middle Ground (1980), and two from the eighties, Lessing's The Good Terrorist (1985) and Drabble's The Radiant Way (1987), all of which make their protagonists' problems and crises representative of England's and explore individual trajectories as indicating possibilities for social change.

Comments

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