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Title: 'The Steam Arm': Proto-Steampunk Themes in a Victorian Popular Song
Author(s): Blair, Kirstie
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Keywords: music-hall
Issue Date: 2010
Date Deposited: 22-May-2013
Citation: Blair K (2010) 'The Steam Arm': Proto-Steampunk Themes in a Victorian Popular Song. Neo-Victorian Studies, 3 (1), pp. 196-207.
Abstract: This article introduces an early Victorian popular song, with some preliminary reflections on how it, and indeed similar texts, might be relevant to twentieth and twenty-first century practitioners and critics of steampunk. ‘The Steam Arm' describes a veteran who acquires a prosthetic limb, with disastrous consequences. As a text from the start of the ‘steam age', it reveals the fantasies and anxieties surrounding technological progress in early Victorian literature.
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