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Steampunk culture (Topical Term)

Preferred form: Steampunk culture
Used for/see from:
  • Neo-Victorian culture
  • Neo-Victorianism (Subculture)
  • Steampunk subculture
See also:

Work cat.: What is steampunk?, via YouTube, viewed Dec. 8, 2009.

Wikipedia, Dec. 8, 2009 (under Steampunk: "Steampunk is often associated with cyberpunk and shares a similar fanbase and theme of rebellion, but developed as a separate movement (though both have considerable influence on each other). Apart from time period and level of technological development, the main difference between cyberpunk and steampunk is that steampunk settings usually tend to be less obviously dystopian than cyberpunk, or lack dystopian elements entirely. ... Because of the popularity of steampunk with people in the goth, punk, cybergoth, Industrial, gamer, and geek subcultures, there is a growing movement towards establishing steampunk as a culture and lifestyle. The most immediate form of steampunk subculture is the community of fans surrounding the genre. Some move beyond this, adopting a 'steampunk aesthetic' through fashion, home decor, and music. This movement may also be described as 'Neo-Victorianism, ' which is the amalgamation of Victorian aesthetic principles with modern sensibilities and technologies.")

Rowe, A.R. What is steampunk? A subculture infiltrating films, music, fashion, more, via MTV.com website, viewed Dec. 8, 2009 ("Like a beacon of light out of the cyberpunk scene, 'steampunk' is a sci-fi subculture that offers a fresh, romanticized view on technology by making it retro. ... The steampunk look reflects the Victorian and early Edwardian eras (roughly 1801-1910) ... Like most subcultures these days, the steampunk community grew on the Internet ... steampunk is getting its own conventions. The highly anticipated Steamcon is taking place October 23-25 at the Seattle Airport Marriott. California is getting some steamy love as well. Steam Powered starts on Halloween and goes through November 2.")

La Ferla, R. Steampunk moves between 2 worlds, in New York times, May 8, 2008, via WWW, viewed Dec. 8, 2009 (steampunk, a subculture that is the aesthetic expression of a time-traveling fantasy world, one that embraces music, film, design and now fashion, all inspired by the extravagantly inventive age of dirigibles and steam locomotives, brass diving bells and jar-shaped protosubmarines. First appearing in the late 1980s and early '90s, steampunk has picked up momentum in recent months, making a transition from what used to be mainly a literary taste to a Web-propagated way of life)

Time, Dec. 14, 2009: p. 82 (steampunk is the subculture of the moment) p. 84 ("There are steampunk housewares and steampunk bands and Victorian-inflected steampunk fashions. There are 27 steampunk iPhone apps available on iTunes. Magazines like Steampunk and blogs lik Brass Goggles and the Heliograph track the scene. A museum in Oxford, England, is currently holding an exhibition of steampunk art."; steampunk movement)

Donahue, E. You've been a steampunk movie fan forever, whether you knew it or not, via MTV movie blog website, viewed Dec. 8, 2009 ("While steampunk may still be a new emerging subculture, its blend of neo-Victorian science-fiction has been in the movies for years. ... The Victorian visual motif found in 'Stardust, ' 'The Golden Compass' and 'City of Lost Children' is a strong element of steampunk culture.")

Google search, Dec. 8, 2009 (12,100 results for "steampunk culture"; 5,260 for "steampunk subculture"; 4,740 for "steampunk sub-culture"; 12,500 for "steampunk movement"; 13,400 for "Neo-Victorian culture"; 11,600 for "Neo-Victorianism")