Emergence of New Women in Doris Lessing’s (The Summer before The Dark)


  • Smt. Sarit Kiran Research Scholar English Mats University CG, India




The Summer Before the Dark was first published in 1973. At the time it must have been a very contemporary novel, and perhaps a little controversial, because its central theme is the role of women in society. The main character, Kate Brown, is a domestic goddess who spends one summer rediscovering herself and her place in the world after some 20 years of marriage and motherhood. It might sound like a relatively dull premise for a novel, but in Lessing’s hands the book sings with great storytelling, intellectual insight and drama. Kate Brown is no dull housewife: She’s complex woman suffering what can be best described as empty- “nest syndrome”. Her grown up children are getting on with their lives and her husband is working in America for an extended period, leaving her to her own devices for a summer.


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How to Cite

Kiran, S. S. (2019). Emergence of New Women in Doris Lessing’s (The Summer before The Dark). SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 7(11), 7. https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v7i11.10133