Tag Archives: Steampunk

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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ENG 273: International Steampunk Literature & Culture (Fall 2014; Spring 2016)

My ENG 273: Studies in International Literature course focuses on international steampunk literature. A sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy, steampunk literature involves an alternate historical and retro-futuristic re-imagining of nineteenth-century literature and culture. Specifically, it is concerned with how … Continue reading

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#SteampunkHands Around the World 2016 ~ A Few of My Favorite Steampunk Things

Though words are my usual form of expression as an academic, I decided to use images and words to show you a few of my favorite things about steampunk because so much of steampunk is about involves playing with boundaries … 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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