Steampunk : un nouveau genre pour la littérature de l’imaginaire ?

Steampunk : un nouveau genre pour la littérature de l’imaginaire ?

The literature of the imagination

We can define the literature of the imaginary as a literature grouping together many different genres, having in common to situate their stories in a universe different from our reality. The best known are fantasy, science fiction and fancy (sometimes called “fantasy literature” or “wonderful literature”):

  • The fantastic locates the action in our realistic universe, but the latter will gradually be contaminated by the supernatural, the characters often questioning their mental health since the action takes place in a realistic universe (The Horla de Maupassant (1886 – 1887), the Romans of H. P. Lovecraft in the 1920s).
  • Unlike the fancy happening directly in a world where the marvelous is both present and perfectly accepted (The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, published in 1954 – 1955).
  • As for science fiction, these are generally stories that take place in the future or on other planets in our solar system, or on parallel worlds. Technology taking a particularly important place (Martian chronicles by Ray Bradbury (1950), the novels of Isaac Asimov, published from 1950 to 1986).

In addition to these known and recognized genres, the imaginary literature is made up of sub-genres with which the general public is less familiar. Steampunk is one …


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