Includes bibliographical references (p. -238) and index.
1 The feminine denied: The grass is singing. 2 From the political to the personal: The children of violence series: Martha Quest; A proper marriage; A ripple from the storm; Landlocked; The four-gated city. 3 The process of individuation: disintegration and reintegration in The golden notebook. 4 Failed individuation: The limitations of masculine perception: Briefing for a descent into hell; Satire in The summer before the dark. 5 The completed self: Memoirs of a survivor as "inner space" landscape. 6 Beyond reality: inner and outer space in Canopus in Argos: archives. Conclusion
'...traces the development in Lessing's portrayal of the structure and dynamics of the feminine psyche. The author explores Lessing's use of the archetypal patterns of psychological development, emphasizing the way in which Lessing has amplified Jungian ideas in terms of the realities of women's lives in the twentieth century....The volume not only brings together Ceterstrom's previous work available only in scholarly journals but places these individual studies within the context of Lessing's work as a whole....tracing Doris Lessing’s evolution from a Marxist to a Jungian orientation, and elucidating in the process the fundamental similarities and differences between these world views...a daring performance on a variety of fronts.'