The End of This Day's Business
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The End of This Day's Business

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Written in 1935 but never published until now, this novel depicts a world ruled by women some 4,000 years into the future. Men live alone and rear boys in a cheerful atmosphere of sports, physical labor, and healthy sexuality, but without the consciousness of anxiety or knowledge of history claimed by women. The plot of the novel described by Choice as "a forgotten masterp

Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by The Feminist Press at CUNY (first published 1989)
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The End of This Day's Business was absolutely fascinating. It got off to a slow start, though, being written mostly in dialogue (a form with which I often struggle reading) and not containing much action. Once the themes of the novel became clear, however, the book was extremely intriguing. Burdekin takes a unique feminist stance on past history, psychologically examining the construction of gender roles and then reversing such roles in her futuristic utopia. But is it really a utopia? Maybe for...more
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Burdekin's vision of a female-dominated world emerging after the war against fascism, written in 1935 but only published in 1993. It's quite a short work with little in the way of plot, and quite a lot of discursive passages about gender-roles and identity, putting over the author's theoretical ideas. This edition also includes Daphne Patai's Afterword, giving a lot of biographical detail and analysis.
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Katharine Burdekin was a British novelist who wrote speculative fiction dealing with political, social, and spiritual issues. She was the sister of Rowena Cade, creator of the Minack Theatre in Cornwall. Many of her novels could be categorized as feminist utopian/dystopian fiction. She also wrote under the name Kay Burdekin and under the pseudonym Murray Constantine. Daphne Patai unraveled "Murray...more
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