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Tony Vinci

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Associate Professor
Chillicothe Campus


Ph.D. Southern Illinois University

M.A. SUNY College at Brockport

B.S. SUNY College at Brockport

Scholarly Focus

American Literature

Popular Literature, Film, & Television

Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

Trauma Studies


Critical Animality Studies



Ghost, Android, Animal: Trauma and Literature Beyond the Human. Routledge, 2020.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“Shirley Jackson’s Posthumanist Ghosts: Revisiting Spectrality and Trauma in The Haunting of Hill House.” Arizona Quarterly, vol. 75, no. 4, 2019, pp. 53-76.

“‘A World of Death and Phantoms’: Auschwitz, Androids, and the Ethical Demands of ReadingTrauma and Fantasy Through Willing Un-Belief,” Topographies of Trauma: Fissures, Disruptions, and Transfigurations, edited by Danielle Schaub and Claudio Zanini, Brill Press International, 2019, pp. 45-61.

“Posthumanist Magic: Beyond the Boundaries of Humanist Ethics in Young Adult Fantasy.” Posthumanism in Young Adult Fiction: Finding Humanity in a Posthuman World, edited by Donna White and Anita Tarr. University Press of Mississippi, 2018, pp. 227-46.

“Breaking Through the Canvas: Towards a Definition of (Meta)Cultural Blackness in the Fantasies of Clive Barker.” Clive Barker: Dark Imaginer, edited by Sorcha Ni Fhlainn. Manchester UP, 2017, pp. 148-63.

“Mourning the Human: Working Through Trauma and the Posthuman Body in Lev Grossman’s The Magicians Trilogy.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol. 28, no. 3, 2017, pp. 369-387.

“Posthuman Wounds: Trauma, Non-Anthropocentric Vulnerability, and the Human/Android/Animal Dynamic in Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, vol. 47, no. 2, 2015, pp. 91-112.

“A Sound ‘Almost Human’: Trauma, Anthropocentric Authority, and Nonhuman Otherness in Go Down, Moses.” The Faulkner Journal, vol. 27, no. 2, 2013, pp. 23-44.

“Remembering Why We Once Feared the Dark: Reclaiming Humanity Through Fantasy in Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy II. Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 45, no. 5, 2012, pp. 1041-59.

“‘Not an Apocalypse, the Apocalypse’: Existential Proletarization and the Possibility of Soul in  Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse.” Science Fiction Film and Television, vol. 4, no. 2, 2011, pp. 225-48.

Edited Collections

Edited a special issue of Extrapolation, the premier international journal for the study of speculative fiction and theory.

Silvio, Carl and Tony M. Vinci, eds. Culture, Identities and Technology in the Star Wars Films: Essays on the Two Trilogies. McFarland, 2006

Courses Taught

ENG 2310: Speculative Fiction

ENG 3210: American Literature to 1865

ENG 3230: American Literature after 1918

ENG 3400: Analysis of the Moving Image (Star Wars and American Culture; Game of Thrones and Cultural Studies; The Holocaust in Popular Film and Television)

ENG 3560: Young Adult Literature

ENG 3610: Creative Writing (Fiction)

ENG 3970T: Critical Posthumanisms

ENG 3990: Literary Theory

ENG 4600: Haunting and the Literary Imagination

ENG 4900: Apocalyptic American Fictions—Trauma and Intimacy After the End of the World

FILM 2020: Introduction to Film Analysis (Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror) Humanities 2080: Fairy Tales and the American Gothic