Studies in Literature, Drama, and Film
Appendix A: Review of Muge Galin, Between East and West: Sufism in the Novels of Doris Lessing
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Review of Muge Galin, Between East and West: Sufism in the Novels of Doris Lessing
The announcement of this year’s recipient of the Nobel Prize for literature inevitably raises the question: what is unique, what is so exceptional about Doris Lessing? Surely it is not just the fact that she is a female Nobel Prize winner for literature. Many have preceded her in this. And it is not that she was one of the first to write about racial discrimination in Africa in addition to being a pioneering feminist writer in the second half of the twentieth century (in the English-speaking world and in the Western world generally) who was also a socially committed writer. The name of Simone de Beauvoir as a predecessor (and indeed of Mary Wollstonecraft as an ancestor) come immediately to mind.
It is not even that at a later stage in her career (from the seventies on), she had misgivings about her previous feminist and socially committed views, misgivings which she expressed openly and for which she was, in fact, criticized by her former colleagues in both movements. Many other writers of her generation (both male and female) have undergone similar “developments” as modifications of previously held views.
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