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

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

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https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v7i11.10133

Abstract

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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References

Kumar, Alka. Doris Lessing: Journey in Evolution (New Delhi: Books Plus, 2001).
Lessing Doris. The Summer Before the Dark (1973). Harmonds worth: Penguine Book, 1975.
Lessing Doris. Vintage Paper Back., 228 pages July 2009.Madison Univ. of Wisconsin Press., 1983), p.59.

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Published

2019-11-28

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