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Title: Burdekin's utopian visions : a study of four interwar texts
Author: Desforges, Kate Elizabeth
ISNI:       0000 0004 5994 0849
Awarding Body: University of Hull
Current Institution: University of Hull
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis is an exploration of four of Katharine Burdekin’s utopian texts from the interwar period. Each text offers a unique perspective on the genre. The earliest text considered is The Rebel Passion (1929), Burdekin’s first utopian text and the only one that shows the representation of a truly positive society. In contrast, her later novel Swastika Night (1937), written on the cusp of the Second World War, is a dystopian nightmare set hundreds of years in the future, envisioning a society under the rule of a Nazi Empire. The third novel explored is The End of this Day’s Business (written in 1935 but published for the first time in 1989) a sex-role reversal utopia that explores gender inequality through the reversal of traditional gender roles: women rule and men are subservient. Finally, Proud Man (1934) is an intriguing tale of an androgynous character from a utopian reality who visits England in the 1930s.
Supervisor: Vanacker, Sabine Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: English