Illness Narrative in Doris Lessing’s The Diary of a Good Neighbour
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- Doris Lessing, The Diary of a Good Neighbour, illness narrative, emplotment
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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TY - CONF AU - Chen Su PY - 2021 DA - 2021/03/15 TI - Illness Narrative in Doris Lessing’s The Diary of a Good Neighbour BT - Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Language, Communication and Culture Studies (ICLCCS 2020) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 307 EP - 311 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.210313.058 DO - 10.2991/assehr.k.210313.058 ID - Su2021 ER -