Category Archives: Research

From Chemistry to Cogs: Ether’s Victorian Aestheticism & Contemporary Steampunk (NAVSA 2016)

This paper will trace the through line between Victorian literary aesthetic visions of ether, which was originally thought to be the medium through which light traveled, and twenty-first century reworkings of the element in steampunk fiction in order to argue … Continue reading

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Dear Reader, I Texted Him: Digital Pedagogy, Student Engagement, and Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers (BWWC 2016)

This panel explores the scene of digital pedagogy in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature classroom as it relates specifically to teaching women writers. In particular, our panel examines the challenges and benefits of using digital tools and thinking through … Continue reading

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Towards a Queer Literary History of Gender Identity: Steampunk, Gender Nonconformity, & Victorian Studies (University of Waterloo, 23 October 2015)

University of Waterloo faculty and students, thank you all for lovely visit and a great discussion about steampunk, gender nonconformity, and Victorian studies! Below you will find the slides from my talk and a few links for further reading. Please … Continue reading

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A Brief General Introduction to Steampunk Literature & Culture

First named by K. W. Jeter in 1987, steampunk, a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy in which alternate histories of the nineteenth century dramatically reshape the past, present, and future, has become increasingly popular in mainstream culture as both … Continue reading

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An Alternate History of Gender Identity: Neo-Victorian Gender Nonconformity in Scott Westerfield’s Leviathan Trilogy (INCS 2015)

As an alternate history genre, steampunk literature builds its worlds by answering the “what if?” question of science fiction and fantasy; it does so by tweaking nineteenth-century history and literature and engaging with cultural discourses of the day. Steampunk often … Continue reading

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The Afterlife of Ether: Victorian Pseudosciences, Ether, and John Davidson’s “Fleet Street”

Hi, Stockton Faculty and Students! Thank you for a wonderful event on Monday. On this page, you will find additional information on the Victorian period, pseudosciences, ether, John Davidson’s “Fleet Street,” steampunk, and suggestions for further inquiry. Please feel free … Continue reading

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