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Radical Pedagogy in Doris Lessing's Mara and Dann. / Sperlinger, Tom.

In: Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, Vol. 58, No. 3, 27.05.2017, p. 300-311.

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Sperlinger, T 2017, 'Radical Pedagogy in Doris Lessing's Mara and Dann', Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, vol. 58, no. 3, pp. 300-311. https://doi.org/10.1080/00111619.2016.1242473

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Sperlinger T. Radical Pedagogy in Doris Lessing's Mara and Dann. Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. 2017 May 27;58(3):300-311. https://doi.org/10.1080/00111619.2016.1242473

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Sperlinger, Tom. / Radical Pedagogy in Doris Lessing's Mara and Dann. In: Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. 2017 ; Vol. 58, No. 3. pp. 300-311.

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