This is just a short note to a link for the current Steampunk exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science at Oxford. I’ve never really been sure what to make of Steampunk fiction, illustrations, and culture — the genre has always seemed marginal and lacking in scholarly rigor. Yet, I’m fascinated by Steampunk creations because they forge a link between the Victorian era and the present. Does the Steampunk exhibition at Oxford mark the genre’s triumphant arrival or its inevitable fad-like decline? Perhaps both at the same time, if we think in Hegelian terms? I’m really not sure. Thoughts?
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I am currently an assistant professor of English literature at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. My research interests include technological and phenomenological bodies in motion in Victorian literature and culture, nineteenth-century narratives of risk and accidental phenomena, and nineteenth-century narratives and representations of stuttering and speech rehabilitation. View all posts by Daniel Martin