Clockwork Rhetoric: The Language and Style of Steampunk by Barry Brummett

By Barry Brummett

This specific booklet explores how the cultured and cultural circulation “Steampunk” persuades audiences and wins new acolytes. Steampunk is a classy type grounded within the Victorian period, in garments and accoutrements modeled on a heightened and hyper-extended age of steam. as well as its modeling of clothes and different symbolic trappings, what's such a lot distinct is its adherents’ use of a machined aesthetic according to steam engines and early electric machinery―gears, pistons, shafts, wheels, induction vehicles, clockwork and so forth.

Precursors to steampunk are available within the works of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. The imagery of the yankee West contributed to the aesthetic―revolvers, locomotives, and rifles of the past due 19th century. between youngsters, steampunk has came across universal aesthetic reason with Goth type. Examples from literature and pop culture comprise William Gibson’s fiction, China Miéville’s novels, the vintage movie Metropolis, and the BBC sequence Doctor Who. This quantity acknowledges that steampunk, a distinct pop culture phenomenon, provides a main chance for rhetorical criticism.

Steampunk’s paintings, type, and narratives express advanced social and political meanings. Chapters in Clockwork Rhetoric discover subject matters starting from jewellery to eastern anime to modern imperialism to model. all through, the e-book demonstrates how language impacts shoppers of steampunk to carry yes social and political attitudes and commitments.

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For Evans, these vehicles offer the utopian fantasy of unlimited mobility that could explore and colonize—in comfort and autonomy—a new world of possibilities. 15. See Jürgen Habermas, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society, trans. Thomas Burger (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1989). 16. For influential studies on Victorian masculinity, see Robin Gilmour, The Idea of the Gentleman in the Victorian Novel (Boston: Allen & Unwin, 1981); Herbert L.

Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1996–2003), 2:321 23. Graeme Gilloch, Walter Benjamin: Critical Constellations (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2002), 2. Theodor W. Adorno, “Transparencies on Film,” in The Culture Industry: Selected Essays on Mass Culture, ed. J. M. Bernstein (New York: Routledge, 1991), 159. 25. ” 26. There are, of course, a number of films in the Steampunk genre that are made in other countries like China (Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame and Thai Chi Zero), Japan (Howl’s Moving Castle and Steamboy), and the United States (Wild Wild West).

Sussman, Victorian Technology: Invention, Innovation, and the Rise of the Machine (Boston: Praeger, 2009). “There Is Hope for the Future” 17 14. Arthur B. Evans, “The Vehicular Utopias of Jules Verne,” in Transformations of Utopia: Changing Views of the Perfect Society, ed. George Shusser et al. (New York: AMS Press, 1999), 99–108. For Evans, these vehicles offer the utopian fantasy of unlimited mobility that could explore and colonize—in comfort and autonomy—a new world of possibilities. 15. See Jürgen Habermas, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society, trans.

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