Jane’s Self-Development in The Diaries of Jane Somers: An Analysis of Doris Lessing’s Feminist Perspectives

Gengqing CHEN, Liting DONG


Doris Lessing is one of the greatest women novelists in British literature. Though she refuses to be classified as a feminist writer and an advocator for the feminist movement, she is deeply concerned with the life of women and forms her own feminist perspectives in her novels.
This paper aims to explore Doris Lessing’s feminist perspectives through the analysis of the protagonist Jane in The Diaries of Jane Somers who achieves her self-development after experiencing the lost of love and the search for love. Though it’s not Lessing’s most famous novel, it represents her deep thoughts on feminist existence and her continuous efforts to find a way out for women in the sexual relationship in a patriarchal society.


Feminist perspectives; Lack of love; Search for love; Self-achievement

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