Doris Lessing: The Poetics of Change

Title

Doris Lessing: The Poetics of Change

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Description

Doris Lessing has been a chronicler of our age for nearly half a century, and a study of her writing career does not yield easy generalizations. Difficult though she is to categorize, she is always concerned with change, with a search for "something new" against "the nightmare repetition" of history. The feminist quest she articulated in The Children of Violence and The Golden Notebook entered the culture with the force of a new myth: these books changed lives. The Golden Notebook--together with such works as The Second Sex and The Feminine Mystique--raised the consciousness of a generation of women readers and played a major part in making the second wave of feminism. It is the power of Lessing's novels to change people's lives, the effect she had raising the consciousness of a generation of women and the effect she continues to have on young readers, that is the subject of this book.

ISBN

9780472084333

Publication Date

1994

Publisher

University of Michigan Press

City

Ann Arbor

Keywords

feminism, literature, culture

Disciplines

Modern Literature | Women's Studies