Steaming into a Victorian Future: A Steampunk Anthology

2 Dec

Steaming into a Victorian Future: A Steampunk Anthology

Steaming into a Victorian Future: A Steampunk Anthology

Julie Anne Taddeo, Cynthia J. Miller

Language: English

Pages: 360

ISBN: 0810893150

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This collection of essays explores the social and cultural aspects of steampunk, examining the various manifestations of this multifaceted genre, in order to better understand the steampunk subculture and its effect on-and interrelationship with-popular culture and the wider society.













Molly Templar, housed in an orphanage, poorly fed and clothed, and sent to hazardous and ill-paid jobs as a chimney sweep, a laundress, and an apprentice prostitute.38 Molly is accused of Carlism, the novel’s Marxism analogue, when she complains pointedly about the exploitation to which the orphanage’s director has subjected its inhabitants. But the text soon shifts its focus, first to an underground Carlist dystopia, run by Tzlayloc,39 formerly Jacob Walwyn and one of Benjamin Carl’s star

personal, and the partnership is defined by the meshing of the partners’ complementary skills rather than the intertwining of their mental landscapes or their emotional lives. The relationship between steampunk heroes and their inventor-sidekicks thus models, in miniature, an idealized relationship between technology and society. The inventor is autonomous within his laboratory and workshop but clearly understood (by both) to be subordinate to the hero in the context of the wider world. The

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drawing of a castle, with two wing-like projections (representing the sides of a road leading to the castle) coming out of its gates.45 He then combines photographed backgrounds and live action directly by the camera. For his interior scenes, “Zeman often uses small drawn scenes which are placed near the camera so as to appear large. A small area of a corner of the scene will be cut away, and through this the actual scene and the live actors will be photographed.”46 The results of this

Imagineers in Oamaru, New Zealand, illustrates how museums can showcase and give a voice to steampunk culture. The following chapters all highlight how steampunk—as subgenre, culture, and multitextual aesthetic—resists easy definition. This anthology, then, does not seek to construct one, but rather, maps the intellectual, social, and creative terrain that has been shaped and reconfigured by steampunk’s influence, even as that terrain continues to shift and evolve. Scholarly explorations of

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