Doris Lessing's "Landlocked": "A New Kind of Knowledge"
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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Greene, Gayle. Doris Lessing's "Landlocked": "A New Kind of Knowledge". Contemporary Literature 28, no. 1 (Spring 1987), pp. 82-103.