Anna Gibbs

Associate Professor Anna Gibbs teaches at the University of Western Sydney, Australia and writes across the fields of textual, media and cultural studies with a particular focus on affect theory, mimetic communication and fictocriticism. She was Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council funded project "The Power of the Image: affect, audience & disturbing imagery" with Virginia Nightingale (2006-9) and has recently completed a second ARC Discovery Grant with Maria Angel and PI Professor Joseph Tabbi (University of Illinois, Chicago), entitled: “Creative Nation: writers and writing in the image culture." The project includes the construction of ADELTA (the Australian Directory of Electronic Literature and Text-based Art). Gibbs’s 2010 ISL-HCA-funded International Roundtable founded CELL (Consortium for Electronic Literature) to establish interoperability between international database projects. She has published a number of jointly-written papers with Maria Angel, and they are working on a co-authored book, provisionally titled Exscryptions Memory, Movement, and the Unfolding of Space in Digital Writing. Gibbs is also an experimental writer who has published and performed her work widely and who often collaborates with visual artists.

Essays by this author

At the Time of Writing: Digital Media, Gesture, and Handwriting


“At the Time of Writing” considers the role of proprioception and the embodied memory of writing and gesture as a critical component of readerly practices. Anna Gibbs and Maria Angel examine a series of works of born digital literature that use representational techniques to evoke an “ethos of touch” that is critical to the experience of the work. Gibbs and Angel conclude that feeling is key to the process of meaning-making, and that experimental interfaces foreground the importance of the body in literature.