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The steampunk novels of Cherie Priest and Gail Carriger deal with these ripples, what I call the social retrofuturism of their counterfictions. ”11 Steampunk literature, arguably due to its antecedent roots in such adventure stories, often blends these two journeys, as evidenced in Emilie P. Bush’s Chenda and the Airship Brofman (2009), where a young woman is cut loose from the domestic sphere by her wealthy husband’s death, but her considerable inheritance permits a journey of exploration and adventure.

The Social Problem Novel What is the social problem novel? In many nineteenth-century novels, social injustices are foregrounded, featured prominently in the text so that both the issue itself and perhaps a call for its reform are inescapably brought to the reader’s attention. In his classic study, The Spirit of Reform, Patrick Brantlinger suggests that “Victorian writers never tire of repeating . . ”2 In the United States, most famously, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) popularized the antislavery cause.

Indb 5 9/5/12 2:21 PM 6 • Catherine Siemann their impact on science, political and social history, empire, and poverty. 12 The shift of Walter Gerard’s priorities, from crusader for the political rights of the workers to anti-technologist, suggests that survival-based concerns about automationgenerated unemployment overshadow the movement for political inclusion. Conversely, Disraeli’s young factory worker Dandy Mick Radley has here risen in status to become the private secretary of deposed Texan president Sam Houston, through his talents with kinoscopy, a punch-card program form of pixelated display that is a precursor of cinema (and that also claims a middle-aged John Keats as a devotee).

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