Doris Lessing's versions of Zimbabwe from The Golden Notebook to Alfred and Emily

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dc.description.abstract Throughout her long career, Doris Lessing frequently wrote about Rhodesia or Zimbabwe, often giving the country fictional names, including Anna Wulf’s Central Africa in The Golden Notebook. Anna dismisses her account of the country as falsified by nostalgia, but her Black Notebook contains energetic debates about what the country would be like if blacks emerged victorious from an anti-colonial war. African Laughter, her account of her visits to Zimbabwe in the 1980s and early 1990s, allows Lessing to consider how accurately these debates anticipated what the country became. Her narrative moves through delight at the new nation to disillusionment with the opportunities that are being wasted. Disillusionment is also the dominant mood of The Sweetest Dream, a novel partly set in the newly independent Zimlia, and Zimbabwe is explicitly discussed in an influential article called ‘The Tragedy of Zimbabwe’. In the 1990s Lessing wrote the two volumes of her autobiography, Under My Skin and Walking in the Shade; several episodes of the Rhodesian section of the first of these are re-worked in sketches in her final book, Alfred and Emily, part novella and part memoir of a Rhodesia that her parents experienced as an extension of the trauma of the First World War. In each of these different types of narrative Lessing assumes a different subjective point of view, and there is no single objective account of the country. Her narrative choices require that Lessing’s versions of Zimbabwe are nearly always provisional. en_ZA
dc.description.department English en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2017-01-31
dc.description.librarian hb2016 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Anthony Chennells (2015) Doris Lessing's versions of Zimbabwe from The Golden Notebook to Alfred and Emily, English Academy Review, 32:2, 53-69,DOI: 10.1080/10131752.2015.1086158. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1013-1752 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1753-5360 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/10131752.2015.1086158
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © Unisa Press. This is an electronic version of an article published in English Academy Review, vol. 32, pp. 53-69, 2015. doi :10.1080/10131752.2015.1086158. English Academy Review is available online at : http://www.tandfonline.comloi/racr20. en_ZA
dc.subject Alfred and Emily en_ZA
dc.subject Fiction and factuality en_ZA
dc.subject The Golden Notebook en_ZA
dc.subject Ilusions and disillusionment; en_ZA
dc.subject Ilusions and disillusionment en_ZA
dc.subject Doris Lessing en_ZA
dc.subject Narratives of Zimbabwe en_ZA
dc.subject Nationalism in Marxist Leninist historiography en_ZA
dc.subject Reporting Africa en_ZA
dc.subject Spiritual power en_ZA
dc.subject Urbanization en_ZA
dc.subject Zimbabwean independence en_ZA
dc.title Doris Lessing's versions of Zimbabwe from The Golden Notebook to Alfred and Emily en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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