Areas of Expertise:
Dr. Tony Giffone has been a member of the English department at Farmingdale State for over 15 years, having received his doctorate in British and American Literature from New York University in 1990. His primary area of expertise is British Victorian novels. He has published articles on novelists such as Dickens, Thackeray, and Hardy. For over a decade he has served as a bibliographer for the academic journal Victorian Studies.
His interest in Victorian literature is part of an ongoing interest in representations of the past, particularly in popular culture, and he has also published articles on contemporary detective fiction set in the Victorian era and on presidential birthplaces, houses, and graves. He has served on the executive board of the Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association.
Previous to teaching at Farmingdale State, Dr. Giffone taught at Hebei University in the People's Republic of China and has published numerous book reviews on contemporary Chinese literature in translation, and has served as a consultant to the Chinese American Education Exchange.
Recent research interests of Dr. Giffone include contemporary American drama and he has presented papers at the Conference on American Theatre in Malaga, Spain and the William Inge Theatre Festival in Independence, Kansas, the hometown of American playwright William Inge.
An avid traveler, it is Dr. Giffone's personal goal to visit all 50 states and all seven continents before he retires.