Doris Lessing's "Citta Felice."

Rose, Ellen Cronan
June 1983
Massachusetts Review;Summer83, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p369
Literary Criticism
This article presents information on the work of writer Doris Lessing. According to writer Carey Kaplan, Lessing takes a conventional image of woman's enclosure and entrapment and transforms it into an image of "empowerment." The buildings were a running motif in her work. Lessing's use of the trope of the mythic city in "The Myth of the Eternal Return," constitutes at least a prologomena to a more ambitious inquiry into her attitude towards history. It is not strange that in 1982 Doris Lessing should write a novel which imagines the end of life as we know it on our planet. What is strange is the rhapsodic tone of The Making of the Representative for Planet 8, which paradoxically celebrates in the apparent extinction of a species its ultimate, triumphant survival.


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