AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 6, Number2.  May  2022                   Pp.111-119
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol6no2.8

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Doris Lessing’s Our Friend Judith as a Projection of Liberal Feminism 

Jwan Adil Mohammed
Garmian University
Lecturer, Department of English, College of Education
Kalar, Sulaimany, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

 

Received: 2/14/2022               Accepted: 4/11/2022              Published:5/24/2022

 

Abstract:
The current study attempts to provide light on Doris Lessing’s prominence as one of the most influential English novelists of the 1960s. She is an author who is interested in the portrayal of Western women’s identities of 20th-century English society. She has presented the socio-economic status of women in the masculine society through the characters of Judith and Betty. This study would like to demonstrate Lessing’s treatment of the question of socio-economic, and cultural inequalities with regard to women of modern times as reflected in Our Friend Judith. Judith represents a generation of open-minded, strong, independent, and unfettered women who support liberal causes for other women with dedication and noble mission.  On the other hand, Betty has matched herself with the features of a nomad because of her traditional imprisonment.  So, this study aims to foster a difference between a liberal woman and a traditional woman to foster the practical picture of women’s status in the masculine society. It would like to examine Lessing’s treatment of liberal feminism through the art of characterization and plot construction.
Keywords:  Doris Lessing, Feminism, Gender inequality, Liberal feminism, Our Friend Judith

Cite as: Mohammed, J. A. (2022). Doris Lessing’s Our Friend Judith as a Projection of Liberal Feminism. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 6 (2) 111-119.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol6no2.8

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Received: 2/14/2022  
Accepted: 4/11/2022   
Published: 5/24/2022
http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol6no2.8

Jwan Adil Mohammed is a lecturer at Garmian University- College of Education in Kurdistan Region of Iraq. She got her MA Degree srom Britain in 2012. She is currently a lecturer in the English department at Garmian University, where she teaches literature and its primary genres. Furthermore, she has participated in a number of conferences and published some articles in different journals. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4518-650X.