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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


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: Victorianism; empire-building; alternate history


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About the article

Received: 2017-11-02

Accepted: 2017-12-31

Published Online: 2017-12-29

Published in Print: 2017-12-20

Citation Information: Open Cultural Studies, Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 591–603, ISSN (Online) 2451-3474, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/culture-2017-0056.

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