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Title: The theme of marginality and techniques of coping with it in Doris Lessings fiction
Keywords: Doris Lessing,
Researcher: Belsare, Bharati Narendra
Guide(s): Chindhade, Shirish
Registration Date: 04/07/2011
Abstract: I have been familiar with Doris Lessing as a Post World War II woman fiction writer for the past several years and I got attracted to her work especially because she was labeled as a powerful feminist voice of the twentieth century literature. newlineHer early work, The Grass Is Singing (1950), dealt with racism and unjust treatment meted out to the dispossessed Blacks, the natives of South Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), where she lived from 1923 to 1949 as a member of the White British Community. newlineI also knew that ever since she came to England and settled there she has been labeled variously, as feminist, as critic of the contemporary oppressive mechanism in society which masquerades as science. newlineBut what fascinated me about Doris Lessing is that even as her critics tried to snare her with labels, she deftly eluded them and nearly for six decades produced extraordinary works that address the most pressing concerns of our times. newline newlineNo other novelist since D.H. Lawrence to whom her work shows a definite affinity, has explored aspects of love, man-woman relationship and need for empathy for the underdog. newlineThough she began as a novelist in realist tradition, and though that continues to be an aspect of her writing, it is easy to see that she has experimented with various possibilities of the novel in our times. She has written futuristic novel Memoirs of a Survivor, she has written science fiction Canopus in Argos. She has experimented with narrative technique The Golden Notebook 1962, so it can only be said that she has given a new dimension to the art of fiction. newline newline
Language: English
Appears in Department:Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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