Add to GoodReads

Steaming into a Victorian Future

A Steampunk Anthology

Edited by Julie Anne Taddeo and Cynthia J. Miller

A popular sub-genre of fantasy and science fiction, steampunk re-imagines the Victorian age in the future, and re-works its technology, fashion, and values with a dose of anti-modernism. While often considered solely through the lens of literature, steampunk is, in fact, a complex phenomenon that also affects, transforms, and unites a wide range of disciplines, such as art, music, film, television, fashion, new media, and material culture.

Steaming into a Victorian Future: A Steampunk Anthology, Julie Anne Taddeo and Cynthia J. Miller have assembled a collection of essays that consider the social and cultural aspects of this multi-faceted genre. The essays included in this volume examine various manifestations of steampunk—both separately and in relation to each other—in order to better understand the steampunk sub-culture and its effect on—and interrelationship with—popular culture and the wider society. This volume expands and extends existing scholarship on steampunk in order to explore many previously unconsidered questions about cultural creativity, social networking, fandom, appropriation, and the creation of meaning.

With a foreword by popular culture scholar Ken Dvorak, and an afterword by steampunk expert Jeff VanderMeer,
Steaming into a Victorian Future offers a wide ranging look at the impact of steampunk, as well as the individuals who create, interpret, and consume it.
« less more »
Scarecrow Press
Pages: 360Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2
978-0-8108-8586-8 • Hardback • September 2012 • $81.00 • (£54.95)
978-0-8108-9315-3 • Paperback • February 2014 • $28.00 • (£18.95)
978-0-8108-8587-5 • eBook • September 2012 • $26.00 • (£17.95)
Julie Anne Taddeo teaches British History at University of Maryland, College Park. She is the 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, and History (2012).

Cynthia J. Miller is the Film Review Editor of Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies. She is the editor of Too Bold for the Box Office: The Mockumentary from Big Screen to Small (Scarecrow, 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 (Scarecrow, 2012).
Chapter 1: Some Notes on the Steampunk Social Problem Novel
Catherine Siemann
Chapter 2: Useful Troublemakers: Social Retrofuturism in the Steampunk Novels of Gail Carriger and Cherie Priest
Mike Perschon
Chapter 3: Corsets of Steel: Steampunk’s Reimagining of Victorian Femininity
Julie Anne Taddeo
Chapter 4: Love and the Machine: Technology and Human Relationships in Steampunk Romance and Erotica
Dru Pagliassotti
Chapter 5: “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
Jamieson Ridenhour
Chapter 6: “In sum, evil has prevailed”: The Moral Morass of Science and Exploration in Jacques Tardi’s
The Arctic Marauder
Erika Behrisch Elce
Chapter 7: “Fulminations and Fulgurators”: Jules Verne, Karel Zeman, and Steampunk Cinema
John C. Tibbetts
Chapter 8: Airships East, Zeppelins West: Steampunk’s Fantastic Frontiers
Cynthia J. Miller
Chapter 9: Enacting the Never-Was: Upcycling the Past, Present, and Future in Steampunk
Suzanne Barber and Matt Hale
Chapter 10: Objectified and Politicized: The Dynamics of Ideology and Consumerism in Steampunk Subculture
Diana M. Pho
Chapter 11: “Love the Machine, Hate the Factory”: Steampunk Design and the Vision of a Victorian Future
Sally-Anne Huxtable
Chapter 12: Steve Jobs versus the Victorians: Steampunk, Design, and the History of Technology in Society
Amy Sue Bix
Chapter 13: Remaking the World: The Steampunk Inventor on Page and Screen
A. Bowdoin Van Riper

Chapter 14: Steampunk’s Legacy: Collecting and Exhibiting the Future of YesterdayJeanette Atkinson
Steaming into a Victorian Future looks at the potential that steampunk has to be a contributor to social change through consideration of its past and present. This collection is vast in its scope, critically evaluating 'texts' from an array of genres from the past, present, and future of this literary movement and its surrounding subculture, and is as valuable as an introduction to steampunk and its possibilities as any of the fiction collections available.
Monsters and the Monstrous

[This book is] the first compilation of academic texts on the subject. . . .This is a good overview of the many aspects of the [Steampunk] movement.

• Winner, Peter C. Rollins Book Award in Popular Culture Studies (Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association, 2013)