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This unique book explores how the aesthetic and cultural movement "Steampunk" persuades audiences and wins new acolytes. Steampunk is an aesthetic style grounded in the Victorian era, in clothing and accoutrements modeled on a heightened and hyper-extended age of steam. In addition to its modeling of attire and other symbolic trappings, what is most distinctive is its adherents' use of a machined aesthetic based on steam engines and early electrical machinery: gears, pistons, shafts, wheels, induction motors, clockwork and so forth.

The aesthetic was first articulated in literature in the works of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. The American West later contributed images to the aesthetic--revolvers, locomotives, and rifles of the late nineteenth century. Among young people steampunk has found common aesthetic cause with Goth style. Examples from literature and popular culture include William Gibson's fiction, China Miéville's novels, the classic film Metropolis, and the BBC series Doctor Who. This volume recognizes that steampunk, a unique popular culture phenomenon, presents a prime opportunity for rhetorical criticism.

Steampunk's art, style, and narratives convey complex social and political meanings. Chapters in Clockwork Rhetoric explore topics ranging from jewelry to Japanese anime to contemporary imperialism to fashion. Throughout, the book demonstrates how language influences consumers of steampunk to hold certain social and political attitudes and commitments.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-v
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vi-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Editor’s Introduction: The Rhetoric of Steampunk
  2. Barry Brummett
  3. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. Introduction: A Rhetoric of Steam
  2. David Beard
  3. pp. xiv-xxxii
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  1. A Rhetoric of Steampunk Ideology
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. “There Is Hope for the Future”: The (Dis)Enchantment of the Technician-Hero in Steampunk
  2. Mirko M. Hall and Joshua Gunn
  3. pp. 3-18
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  1. Victorians, Machines, and Exotic Others: Steampunk and the Aesthetic of Empire
  2. Kristin Stimpson
  3. pp. 19-37
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  1. Liberation and a Corset: Examining False Feminism in Steampunk
  2. Mary Anne Taylor
  3. pp. 38-58
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  1. A Rhetoric of Steampunk Semiotics
  2. pp. 59-60
  1. Antimodernism as the Rhetoric of Steampunk Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist, Technological Anxieties, and Controlling the Machine
  2. pp. 61-79
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  1. Jumping Scale in Steampunk: One Gear Makes You Larger, One Duct Makes You Small
  2. Barry Brummett
  3. pp. 80-93
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  1. Steampunk and Sherlock Holmes: Performing Post-Marxism
  2. Jaime Wright
  3. pp. 94-112
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  1. A Rhetoric of Steampunk Narrative
  2. pp. 113-114
  1. Kenneth Burke Meets a Time Lord: Steampunk’s Grammatical Disruption
  2. John R. Thompson
  3. pp. 115-134
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  1. Clockwork Counterfactuals: Allohistory and the Steampunk Rhetoric of Inquiry
  2. John M. McKenzie
  3. pp. 135-158
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  1. Steampunk’s Identity Horizon and Contested Memory
  2. Andrew Mara
  3. pp. 159-176
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  1. Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: Steampunk Superhero?
  2. Lisa Horton
  3. pp. 177-202
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 203-205
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 206-210
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781626740532
Related ISBN
9781628460919
MARC Record
OCLC
891081302
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2014-10-10
Language
English
Open Access
No
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