The race question in Doris Lessing's African literary works
The central concern of the study is the critical examination of the race question as treated in Doris Lessing's, The Grass is Singing, This Was the Old Chiefs Country, and The Grass Between Their Feet. The study will use textual evidence to show that the race question has indeed been dealt with in the cited texts. It is also the intention of the study to unearth the various instances of racial prejudices depicted in the three chosen texts to prove that the race question proliferates in the texts. The study will also try and see how the author's Caucasian background could have affected her outlook towards the race question itself. We shall endeavour to see this by the in depth analysis of how and where the author's sentiments are placed as far as racial injustices are concerned. Towards our endeavour, we shall proceed from the assumptions that there was widespread racism during the period these texts are based. It is also our assumption that the author's Caucasian background will have, with no doubt, have impacted on the said literary works and that we will possibly discover paternalism in the treatment of the Africans. It is also assumed that, since the author was a member of the settler community in Southern Rhodesia, her sentiments were bound to lie with her fellow whites as far as the race question was concerned. To achieve our projections,' we shall first examine the various instances of racial prejudices in the three texts before proceeding to analyse the underlying circumstances of these manifestations. Using our objectives and hypotheses as our guidance, we shall then proceed to draw our conclusion as a resultant of the whole exercise.
CitationA project paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of master of arts in literature in the University of Nairobi
Department of Literature