Steampunk and the World of Tomorrow
I knew that I wanted to do something with comics and/or animation as both are relatively under-represented in academia. I just didn't know what niche I could fill or what I could say that hadn't already been said.
Then it hit me.
The connections between modern steampunk and other literary traditions are many and (to my knowledge) unexplored by comics/animation scholars. There is so much that can be asked about steampunk.
Why do we like this period of neo-history so much? What concerns do we share with steampunk characters and settings? Why did we create this mode when we did?
Not only is this (I think) a worthy endeavour in research, but it is a topic on which I'm super super interested in and one that I'm amazed I hadn't thought of.
Hope this works out, since it seems like a lot of fun.