To Room Nineteen Topics for Further Study
by Doris Lessing

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Topics for Further Study

(Short Stories for Students)

Think about how a dramatic version of ‘‘To Room Nineteen’’ could be produced. How would you deal with the background information on the Rawlings’s developing relationship before the story begins? How would you depict Susan’s descent into madness?

Compare and contrast Michael Cunningham’s novel The Hours with ‘‘To Room Nineteen,’’ focusing on madness and its consequences in both works.

Research the developments of political and literary feminism in Britain and relate them to the story.

‘‘Swinging London’’ became the center of 1960s culture. How would you rewrite ‘‘To Room Nineteen,’’ placing it in this influential era?