Tiny Individuals in the fiction of Doris Lessing


Darshana Goswami

x, 182p.2011

Includes bibliographical references and index

ISBN-13/ EAN: 9789380297200(Hardbound)

ISBN-10: 93-80297-20-3(Hardbound)

https://amzn.to/38Mrocg INR 795.00

LC Subject heading

1. Lessing, Doris May, 1919-  –Criticism and interpretation.

2. Individuation (Psychology) in literature.


About the Book

Doris Lessing, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007,  is one of the leading writers of our time. Her corpus encompasses a wide range of themes and concerns such as female identity, race-relations and dystopic visions of the future. This book makes a critical study of the different aspects of individual conscience as portrayed in the novels of Doris Lessing. It provides the broader contexts which nurtured Lessing’s talent and aspirations, furnishes all the prominent biographical information, and finally offers critical interpretations of the individual works. Her novels studied here include The Grass is Singing, The Children of Violence, The Golden Notebook, The Summer before the Dark, and The Briefing for a Descent into Hell.

About the Author

Darshana Goswami is presently an Assistant Professor, Department of English, Nalbari College, Gauhati University, Assam. Earlier, she was a lecturer at L.C.B. College, Gauhati University and an Assistant Professor at Assam Don Bosco University, Guwahati. She was also a counselor of Indira Gandhi National Open University. She has edited and co-authored study materials for IDOL, Gauhati University. Also, she has translated a number of folk-tales, short stories and essays from Assamese to English which have been published in many newspapers and journals of repute. Her UGC funded research project on “Feminist Awareness in Nirupama Borgohain’s Novels in the Backdrop of Rural Assamese Society” received commendations from a large section of scholars. Her areas of interest include folklore, gender studies, modern and post-modern fiction.

Foreword — Preface — Introduction — Individual Conscience in The Grass is Singing — Martha in Quest of Roots: A Study of Identity Crisis in The Children of Violence — The Golden Notebook: From Alienation to Integration — The Summer before the Dark: Reconstruction of the Self — Briefing for a Descent into Hell: A Schizoid on a Celestial Mission — Conclusion — Bibliography — Index.

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