Steampunk As "Superculture" Theory
Veronique Chevalier coined the term "superculture" as a descriptor for the burgeoning realm of steampunk, and it's now gaining a foothold...She now has her very own footnote in steampunk history, #81 to be exact!
To share, here is an excerpt describing "Steampunk as Superculture" from Answers.com "Steampunk" article:
"Culture and community
Because of the popularity of steampunk, there is a growing movement towards establishing steampunk as a culture and lifestyle.#79 Some fans of the genre adopt a steampunk aesthetic through fashion,80 home decor, music, and film. This may be described as neo-Victorianism, which is the amalgamation of Victorian aesthetic principles with modern sensibilities and technologies.#80
In September 2012, a panel was held at Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo, chaired by steampunk entertainer Veronique Chevalier and with panelists including magician Pop Hadyn and members of the steampunk performance group The League of STEAM, which suggested that because steampunk was inclusive of and encorporated ideas from various other subcultures such as goth, neo-Victorian, and cyberpunk as well as a growing number of fandoms, it was fast becoming a super-culture rather than a mere subculture.#81"