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The Unexpected Universe of Doris Lessing: A Study in Narrative Technique Katherine Fishburn

The Unexpected Universe of Doris Lessing: A Study in Narrative Technique

Katherine Fishburn

Published December 6th 1985
ISBN : 9780313234248
Hardcover
184 pages
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In this first study of Doris Lessings science fiction, Fishburn devotes a chapter to each of Lessings seven novels. Her major argument is that Lessing uses these novels to change our perception of reality by describing worlds that areMoreIn this first study of Doris Lessings science fiction, Fishburn devotes a chapter to each of Lessings seven novels. Her major argument is that Lessing uses these novels to change our perception of reality by describing worlds that are simultaneously similar to and different from our own. Of particular importance is the fact that each narrator, by functioning as an intermediary or guide-leader, helps skeptical readers to experience the alien worlds of Lessings imagination. As she traces the development of these seven narrators, Fishburn shows how they eventually fulfill the role of the idealized author Lessing described in The Small Personal Voice. In examining how these texts challenge us to change, Fishburn discusses the influence of Marxist and Sufi thought on Lessing and also points out the striking similarity betwen Lessings philosophy of wholeness and the discoveries of modern physics.