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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2022, 5(19); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2022.051917.

"The Other" and Cultural Identity in Doris Lessing's Martha Quest


Li Yanrong

Corresponding Author:
Li Yanrong

Inner Mongolia University, Hohhot, 010000, China


Doris Lessing is a white colonist from Britain with both Diaspora and marginal identity which gives her a special inspiration for writing the novel Martha Quest. The protagonist, Martha's painful experiences and tangled emotions are the real portrayal of Lessing's childhood. This article presents an in-depth analysis of "the Other" and the identity of culture, which reveals the exile, especially for white women are isolated from both colony and patriarchal society and are considered as "the Other" excluding from the European culture even African culture. It can be seen that the pursuit of cultural identity, freedom and independence in the context of heterogeneous culture is the spirit of this novel, and the writer, Lessing.


Doris Lessing, Martha, "The Other", Cultural identity

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Li Yanrong. "The Other" and Cultural Identity in Doris Lessing's Martha Quest. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2022) Vol. 5, Issue 19: 95-100. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2022.051917.


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