Corsets and Clockworks: Steampunk and Neo-Victorian Literature and Culture/Deadline 16 July 2012

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Midwest Modern Language Association/Cincinnati, OH, November 8-11, 2012
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Steampunk and Neo-Victorian Literature are widely read and written in contemporary popular culture. While these genres are not new, they have become ever more accessible to mainstream audiences through such works as Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the Parasol Protectorate Series by Gail Carriger, Kady Cross's Steampunk Chronicles, and Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan Series. Steampunk has also become a movement, much like its Gothic brother, in its own right by celebrating Victoriana through fashion, writing and art. This panel seeks to investigate ways in which Steampunk and Neo-Victorian Literature are impacting current trends in literature, art, and fashion. What impact do these genres, which share an indebtedness to Victorian culture and society, have upon our notions of the nineteenth-century? How might readers reinterpret Victorian Literature and Culture through reading Steampunk or Neo-Victorian works? What might the future hold for Steampunk and Neo-Victorian Literature?

Topics can include (but are not limited to):

*Neo-Victorian trends in Children's and Young Adult Literature
*The use of gothic elements in Steampunk and/or Neo-Victorian Literature
*Representations of the Neo-Victorianism in media
*Re-imaginings of Neo-Victorian space and/or time
*Reshaping traditional gendered spaces through Steampunk
*Intersections of Race in Steampunk/Neo-Victorian Literature
*The development of Steampunk as a movement
*The graphic novel depiction of Victorian text
*Disability in Neo-Victorian Literature
*Neo-Victorian texts and the environment
*Anachronistic technology in Steampunk/Neo-Victorian Literature
*The contemporary role of the child character in such literatures

Please send 250-word abstracts by July 16 to Amberyl Malkovich, Concord University, amalkovich@concord.edu.