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

Iolanda Ramos

Published Online: 2017-12-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/culture-2017-0056

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.

Keywords: Victorianismempire-buildingalternate history


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