Steampunk and Neo-Victorianism

The rapid interbreeding of genres around fantastic literature in general but particularly (and this has been my focus) with YA fantasy has found Neo-Victorian/Steampunk in bed with paranormal romance; I’m hoping to write about a couple of novels with this tendency that I discovered recently. A brilliant article by Dr Claire Nally here, ‘Fabricating Histories: Steampunk, Neo-Victorianism, and the Fantastic‘, helps to delineate the genre(s). There’s also a fascinating edited collection that has just come out, examining the humour that is an ineluctable property of a genre which is at heart parodic, edited by Marie-Luise Kohlke and Christian Gutleben: Neo-Victorian Humour: Comic Subversions and Unlaughter in Contemporary Historical Re-Visions.

About William the Bloody

Cat lover. 18C scholar on the dialogue and novel. Co-convenor OGOM Project
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