“Reclaiming the Machine: An Introductory Look at steampunk in Everyday Practice” (PDF link), part of the first issue of Swansea University’s full-text open ejournal Neo-Victorian Studies

“This paper traces the history of the genre and then moves into an analysis of these crafting practices, asking broad questions about what motivates those who make modern-day objects. Analysing blog entries, zines, and objects themselves, I posit that a desire to regain a human connection with the machine world underlies the work of practitioners…”