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Tony Venezia

Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow
Email: a.venezia@english.bbk.ac.uk

Dr. Tony Venezia completed his PhD at Birkbeck in 2012.  He teaches and researches contemporary literature and culture. He is on the editorial board for the journal Studies in Comics, and on the judging panel for the inaugural James Herbert Horror Writing Prize.

Selected publications

    Articles
    • ‘From Akira to Žižek: Comics and Contemporary Cultural Theory’ in ‘From Akira to Žižek: Comics and Contemporary Cultural Theory’ – special issue of Studies in Comics 3.2 (2013), 293-312.
    • ‘Archives, Alan Moore, and the Historio-Graphic Novel’, International Journal of Comic Art 12 (1) (2010): 183-199.
    • ‘Archive of the Future: Alan Moore’s Watchmen as Historiographic Novel’, Peer English, 4 (2009), 16-31.

    Book Chapters

    • ‘10th April, 1999, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square: Snakes and Ladders, Occult Cartography and Radical Nostalgia’ in Comic Book Geographies edited by Jason Dittmer (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2014): pp. 41-58.
    • ‘China Miéville and the Limits of Psychogeography’ in 21st Century British Fiction: Critical Essays – edited by Bianca Leggett and Tony Venezia (Canterbury: Gylphi, 2014).  (Forthcoming)
    • ‘”Soap Opera of the Paranormal”: Surreal Englishness and Postimperial Gothic in The Bojeffries Saga’ in Alan Moore and the Gothic Tradition edited by Matthew J.A. Green (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013), pp. 21-41.

    Editing

    • Bad Signals: Collected Essays on Warren Ellis – co-editor with Hallvard Haug (Canterbury: SF Storyworlds, 2015). (Forthcoming)
    • 21st Century British Fiction: Critical Essays – co-editor with Bianca Leggett (Canterbury: Gylphi, 2014).  (Forthcoming)
    • China Miéville: Critical Essays – co-editor with Caroline Edwards (Canterbury: Gylphi, 2014).  (Forthcoming)
    • ‘From Akira to Žižek: Comics and Contemporary Cultural Theory’ – special issue of Studies in Comics 3.2 (2013): guest editor/member of editorial board.

    Online

Conferences/symposia

    • Transitions: New Directions in Comics Studies. One day symposium, 5 November 2010, Birkbeck. (Organiser).
    • Transitions 2: New Directions in Comics Studies. One day symposium, 5 November 2011, Birkbeck. (Organiser).
    • Rubbish: Symposium on the Matter and Metaphors of Waste and Value. 30 July 2011, Birkbeck.  (Co-organiser).
    • 21st Century British Fiction – A Symposium, 11/12 May 2012, Birkbeck. (Co-organiser).
    • Weird Council – An International Conference on the Writing of China Miéville, 14/15 September 2012, Birkbeck. (Co-organiser).
    • Transitions 4: New Directions in Comics Studies. One day symposium, 26 October 2013, Birkbeck. (Co-organiser).
    • Transitions 5: New Directions in Comics Studies. One day symposium, 25 October 2014, Birkbeck. (Co-organiser).

Teaching

    • BA Reading 21st Century Fiction
    • MA Reading the Contemporary
    • I have also supervised two MA dissertations, one on the postmodern science fiction of Philip K. Dick and one on narrative in the Bioshock video games

Awards

    Co-convenor of the Contemporary Fiction Seminar at the Institute of English Studies (funded by the IES, Birmingham University, and Birkbeck).  We ran an AHRC funded research skills workshop at Senate House in July 2014.  See: http://researchingthecontemporary.net/