About Alexis Brooks de Vita

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Alexis Brooks de Vita is a Professor of English with a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her areas of specialization include African/Diaspora and Supernatural Literature and Film (including Horror, Gothic and Science Fiction), Women’s Literature, Literary Criticism, Film Studies, and African/Diaspora mythical comparisons in English, French, Italian, and Spanish.

Dr. Brooks de Vita’s scholarly analyses of literature, film, gaming, slavery, sexism, and race relations in the United States are published in her books The 1855 Murder Case of Missouri versus Celia, an Enslaved Woman and Mythatypes:  Signatures and Signs of African, Diaspora and Black Goddesses as well as in journals and anthologies including The Griot, English Language Notes, The Maroon: Journal of Arts and Letters, Proverbium, Extrapolation, Lingua Cosmica:  Science Fiction from Around the World, Fourth Wave Feminism in Science Fiction and Fantasy,  Religious Practices and Ideology in the Works of Octavia Butler, Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora, and Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts.


Dr. Brooks de Vita’s novels and translation of Dante’s Inferno published by Double Dragon include Dante’s Inferno:  A Wanderer in Hell as well as Left Hand of the Moon, The Books of Joy Trilogy: Burning Streams, Blood of Angels and Chain Dance.  Dr. Brooks de Vita’s short stories, memoirs and poetry are published in anthologies and collections including The Horror is Us, Candle in the Attic Window, Tales in Firelight and Shadow, Love and Darker Passions, Safari, Forced from the Garden, and I Have Consumed Destruction,published by Mason Jar Press, Innsmouth Free Press, Double Dragon, and Guild Press.  Her professional affiliations have included the College Language Association, National Association of African American Studies, International Association for the Fantastic in Arts, and National Research Council of Senior Ford Fellows, among others.

Selected Reviews

The work represents groundbreaking research.—Choice …remarkable for its impressive scope of knowledge, particularly in the area of African lore and literature.—Research in African Literature

– for Mythatypes

A complex, in-depth survey, Mythatypes is highly recommended for college-level students of African literary roots.—The Midwest Book Review


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