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Burdekin's utopian visions : a study of four interwar texts

Desforges, Kate Elizabeth


Kate Elizabeth Desforges


Sabine Vanacker


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.


Desforges, K. E. (2015). Burdekin's utopian visions : a study of four interwar texts. (Thesis). University of Hull. Retrieved from

Thesis Type Thesis
Deposit Date Nov 30, 2016
Publicly Available Date Feb 23, 2023
Keywords English
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Additional Information Department of English, The University of Hull
Award Date Jan 1, 2015


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