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Neo-Victoriana at Hom Furniture

Hom train

Hom TablesMy parents just bought a townhouse so my mom wanted some help shopping and I was happy to oblige. We went to Hom Furniture and I found a surprising amount of decor that could be considered Neo-Victorian or Steampunk. I took some pictures on my phone of my favorite items. This particular Hom store also had a pseudo-balcony that was lined with cupboards that looked like library shelves so it helped at to the Steampunk feeling due to all the books in the interior design.

This table below and the side table set above really caught my eye.

Hom table on wheels

But most of what I found was wall art like the pieces below.

Hom buttons Hom wall art  Hom keys

Hom clock Hom wall gears


Steampunk, Technological Time & Beyond Victoriana: Advocacy and the Archive | Journal of Victorian Culture Online

Steampunk, Technological Time & Beyond Victoriana: Advocacy and the Archive | Journal of Victorian Culture Online.

I have been curious about what “serious” scholars have to say about the Steampunk ouevre, and I ran across this article in the online Journal of Victorian Culture. The full article contains no small amount of history/social studies jargon so the vocabulary is not for the faint of heart.

“Steampunk studies is an outlier in Victorian scholarship. In fact, steampunk subculture can arguably be called “neo-Victorian” or even “non-Victorian” in the way that it defies strict adherence to a certain periodization or topic relevance. Steampunk is an aesthetic movement inspired by nineteenth-century science fiction and fantasy. Over the years, however, that umbrella phrase has expanded to include speculation outside of an established time-frame (such as post-apocalyptic or futuristic), outside of the established geography of the Western world, and even outside of history (as with alternate history and secondary fantasy worlds). How can we, then, describe the relationship between steampunk academic work and Victorian studies?”

[Read “Steampunk, Technological Time & Beyond Victoriana: Advocacy and the Archive” on the Journal of Victorian Culture Online]