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Feminism and the Many Faces of Doris Lessing
by KPFA Women's Magazine (kpfawomensmag [at]
Monday Dec 2nd, 2013 5:38 PM
Doris Lessing's book, The Golden Notebook, helped to birth Second Wave feminism, yet the iconic author was often snarkily critical of the movement. In the mainstream media, this means she was no feminist, but careful study reveals a more complex relationship. Audio: 26:02
Gayle Greene, author of The Poetics of Change: The Fiction of Doris Lessing, and professor of English at Scripps College, speaks with Women's Magazine's Kate Raphael about the importance and endurance of Lessing's work. "There are many Doris Lessings," she says, and even Lessing herself didn't always remember her earlier work. Greene talks about Lessing's profound vision of a different and more caring society, and her prescient warnings for the future of the planet.