May is Steampunk and Neo-Victorian Month here at the Floating Academy. We’ve been a little behind in our posts, but we are all collectively interested in putting together some ideas about the phenomenon, which seems to be gathering steam – pun intended, of course! – in academic circles of late.
As an avid reader of Victorian literature, I have a keen interest in exploring the rise of steampunk and the neo-Victorian. As a scholar, however, I can’t get over the feeling of being overwhelmed by all things neo-Victorian. It seems everyone has a steampunk fetish these days. I don’t even know what to write about the phenomenon, so let’s begin with a few questions.
First of all, why steampunk and why now? Second, what is to be learned from neo-Victorian enthusiasm for steam-inspired gadgets, technologies, and instruments? I’ll have more to say in an upcoming post. For now, let me know if you have any answers to these questions about steampunk and the neo-Victorian. While you’re drumming up some postulations and queries, check out this steampunk website.