PUBLICATION: Steaming into a Victorian Future: A Steampunk Anthology

Steaming into a Victorian Future: A Steampunk Anthology

Edited by: Julie Anne Taddeo and Cynthia J. Miller

Steampunk imagines a world that wasn’t, where the Victorian Era meets the modern age, its technology, fashion, and values tempered with a dose of anti-modernism. Originally a sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy literature, steampunk has become a complex phenomenon that encompasses art, music, film, television, fashion, new media, and material culture. Steaming into a Victorian Future collects essays that consider the social and cultural aspects of steampunk, exploring many previously unconsidered questions about cultural creativity, social networking, fandom, appropriation, and the creation of meaning. Featuring an afterword by steampunk expert Jeff VanderMeer, the volume offers a wide ranging look at the impact of steampunk, as well as the individuals who create, interpret, and consume it.

Julie Anne Taddeo teaches British history at University of Maryland, College Park. She is author of Lytton Strachey and the Search for Modern Sexual Identity (2002), co-editor of The Tube Has Spoken: Reality TV and History (2009), and editor of Catherine Cookson Country: On the Borders of Legitimacy, Fiction & History (2012).

Cynthia J. Miller is the Film Review Editor of Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal. She is the editor of Too Bold for the Box Office: The Mockumentary from Big Screen to Small (2012) and coeditor of 1950s “Rocketman” TV Series and Their Fans: Cadets, Rangers, and Junior Space Men (2012) and Undead in the West: Vampires, Zombies, Mummies, and Ghosts on the Cinematic Frontier (2012).


Ken Dvorak • Foreword

Julie Anne Taddeo and Cynthia J. Miller • Introduction

Catherine Siemann • Some Notes on the Steampunk Social Problem Novel

Mike Perschon • Useful Troublemakers: Social Retrofuturism in the Steampunk Novels of Gail Carriger and Cherie Priest

Julie Anne Taddeo • Corsets of Steel: Steampunk’s Reimagining of Victorian Femininity

Dru Pagliassotti • Love and the Machine: Technology and Human Relationships in Steampunk Romance and Erotica

Jamieson Ridenhour • “Anything is Possible for a Man in a Top Hat with a Monkey, with a Monocle:” Remixing Steampunk in Professor Elemental’s The Indifference Engine

Erika Behrisch Elce • “In sum, evil has prevailed”: The Moral Morass of Science and Exploration in Jacques Tardi’s The Arctic Marauder

John C. Tibbetts • “Fulminations and Fulgurators”: Jules Verne, Karel Zeman, and Steampunk Cinema

Cynthia J. Miller • Airships East, Zeppelins West: Steampunk’s Fantastic Frontiers

Suzanne Barber and Matt Hale • Enacting the Never-Was: Upcycling the Past, Present, and Future in Steampunk

Diana M. Pho • Objectified and Politicized: The Dynamics of Ideology and Consumerism in Steampunk Subculture

Sally-Anne Huxtable • “Love the Machine, Hate the Factory”: Steampunk Design and the Vision of a Victorian Future

Amy Sue Bix • Steve Jobs versus the Victorians: Steampunk, Design, and the History of Technology in Society

A. Bowdoin Van Riper • Remaking the World: The Steampunk Inventor on Page and Screen

Jeanette Atkinson • Steampunk’s Legacy: Collecting and Exhibiting the Future of Yesterday

Jeff VanderMeer • Afterword

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