R. F. Burton Revisited: Alternate History, Steampunk and the Neo-Victorian Imagination

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Abstract

This article draws on an alternate history approach to the Victorian world and discusses steampunk and neo-Victorian literary and cultural features. It focuses on Richard Francis Burton-one of the most charismatic and controversial explorers and men of letters of his time-who stands out in a complex web of both real-life and fictional characters and events. Ultimately, the essay presents a twenty-first-century revisitation of the British Empire and the imperial project, thus providing a contemporary perception of Victorian worldliness and outward endeavours.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-603
Number of pages12
JournalOpen Cultural Studies
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Victorianism
  • empire-building
  • alternate history

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