To engage in a more comprehensive analysis of “No Witchcraft for Sale” by Doris Lessing we encourage you to put the text in perspective by exploring the literary period and similar works.

Literary period

Doris Lessing is associated with various literary movements, including modernism, postmodernism, feminism, and science fiction. Given that “No Witchcraft for Sale” was published in the early days of postmodernism, the story is closer to the modernist literary period in terms of narrative techniques and theme.


Works by the same author

Doris Lessing was a very prolific writer of accessible short stories which have often been anthologized for school curricula. Here are some of her other short stories that you might study in school.

“The Mother of the Child in Question” (Contexts, p. 150) explores different attitudes to children with disabilities. A social worker visits an immigrant family in an attempt to persuade the parents to place one of their children in a special needs school. The mother of the child refuses...


Works with the same theme

For the theme of culture clash, we recommend that you also read some other relevant short stories.

“The River Underground” (2002) by Richard Tromans explores cultural differences in a contemporary setting. The story follows Husman,...


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