Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Language, Communication and Culture Studies (ICLCCS 2020)

Illness Narrative in Doris Lessing’s The Diary of a Good Neighbour

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Chen Su
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Chen Su
Available Online 15 March 2021.
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https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.210313.058How to use a DOI?
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Doris Lessing, The Diary of a Good Neighbour, illness narrative, emplotment
Abstract

The Diary of a Good Neighbour, a novel by Doris Lessing in 1983, reflects Lessing’s considerations on the motifs of aging, illness, social care, etc. In the form of dairy narrated by the first-person protagonist Jane Somers, this novel could also be regarded as an illness narrative encompassing Jane’s meticulous care of a lonely senior woman Maudie. This paper analyzes the characteristics of Jane’s illness narrative from the perspective of Peter Goldie’s narrative theory of “emplotment”. According to Goldie, the most remarkable features of illness narrative are coherence, meaningfulness and emotional import, which are all represented in The Diary. By using illness narratives authentically and aesthetically, the novel consequently helps to raise social awareness about the predicament of older women in infirmity and encourages social members to think over a better solution.

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Volume Title
Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Language, Communication and Culture Studies (ICLCCS 2020)
Series
Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Publication Date
15 March 2021
ISBN
978-94-6239-352-3
ISSN
2352-5398
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.210313.058How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2021, the Authors. Published by Atlantis Press.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

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