ROLES REVERSED IN THE END OF THIS DAY'S BUSINESS BY KATHARINE BURDEKIN: A UTOPIAN DYSTOPIAN SOCIAL ORDER


ATASOY E.

LIBROS DE LA CORTE, vol.10, no.16, pp.309-319, 2018 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 16
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.15366/ldc2018.10.16.016
  • Title of Journal : LIBROS DE LA CORTE
  • Page Numbers: pp.309-319

Abstract

This article aims to introduce the British writer, Katharine Burdekin as a writer of speculative fiction and to critically deal with her literary utopia/dystopia, The End of This Day's Business (1935, 1989). Burdekin's brief biographical information, in conjunction with an analysis of her other significant work, Swastika Night (1937) is necessary for comprehending her concerns about the future and her utopian impulse. The article presents an analytical approach to the interconnectedness between gender politics, knowledge production and communication, and practice of power in the envisioned world order. It concerns Burdekin's representation of both the patriarchal and matriarchal world order and discusses her quest for the utopian impulse and constructive social change.