Joseph Tabbi

ebr founding editor Joseph Tabbi is the author of Cognitive Fictions
(Minnesota 2002) and a series of essay-narratives: Amerika, Ink (Walker
Center for the Arts, July 1999), Tape for the Turn of the Year: Conversations with and About Daniel Wenk (ebr 1999), Overwriting
(Iowa Review Web, April 2003), and Riga Under Western Eyes.

Essays by this author

A Digital Publishing Model for Publication by Writers (for Writers)


How might literary databases be seen as alternatives to the commodification of academic scholarship in for profit, subscriber platforms?  Scott Rettberg and Joseph Tabbi discuss issues related to instrumentality, the global marketplace, and the digital humanities.

The Last Novel


Originally publication: The Schofield, Issue 1.1 - David Markson & Solitude - Summer 2015 (page 13). Reprinted with permission.

New Media: Its Utility and Liability for Literature and for Life


This formulation by Joseph Tabbi is being reprinted with permission from the University of Minnesota Press’s remixthebook. The original online version can be found here:…

The Cybernetic Turn: Literary into Cultural Criticism


Joseph Tabbi reviews the essay collection Simulacrum America.

The Politics of Information: A Critical E-Book Under Way


On the imminent publication of the first alt-x critical e-book.

Confronting Chaos


Joseph Tabbi reviews Joe Conte’s Design and Debris and gauges the argument for chaotics-as-aesthetics across media.

Blank Frank


This review of Ralph Berry’s novel Frank and the subsequent exchange between the authors, appeared in the March/April 2006 and July/August 2006 issues of The American Book Review.

An Autopoietic Writing Machine?


Joseph Tabbi responds to posts from the journal design editor and publisher, using terms derived from an essay he was editing at the time. The audience database mentioned here was implemented for ebr11, wEBaRts, and further developed for the launch of End Construction! (Feb 2002)

And Furthermore...


Joseph Tabbi Responds to R. M. Berry



In spite of the millennial call for an end to issues in Winter y2k, ebr11 - a new issue - went online at the turn of the year 2000/2001. There would be yet another issue a year later (“Music/Sound/Noise”) before the transition to the new interface could be completed.

Fictions Present


Joseph Tabbi introduces the thread and gathers prior essays by fiction writers on fiction writing.

Writing Under Constraint


ebr10, a satisfyingly even number published at the turn of the millennium, seemed at the time like the right occasion for calling an end to issues altogether. In the event, we would not manage to eliminate issues until February 2002 - that palindromic month and year, as satisfying in its way as the y2k.

Recollection in Process


There has never been a ‘Best of the electronic book review’ or a print collection. After ten full years of online publication, ebr has devised other ways of marking time, using techniques available in the same electronic media where the work first appeared. Here the editor presents an initial ‘Gathering’ of ebr essays, pulled from each of the journal’s threads to date.

A Gathering of Threads


The culmination of ebr version 2.0 (an html- and java-based Web production), the spring 1999 “gathering of threads” introduced an important component into the journal design: the thREAD that actively conducts readers among affiliated essays.

Tape for the Turn of the Year: Conversations with and about Daniel Wenk


Recorded by Joseph Tabbi. A week in the life of the artist.

Internet Nation


The Internet Nation thread, which the editors hope to develop substantially in the coming years, was introduced in the winter of 98/99, following a trip to Novi Sad by ebr editor Joseph Tabbi a few months before that city would be bombed by NATO troups.

Locating the Literary in New Media


Joseph Tabbi surveys four recent interventions into new media studies, and argues that literary critics should not forget the power of the written word to resist the circumscribed possibilities of the current mediasphere.

ebr version 1.0: Winter 1995/96


From the start, the editors made it clear that the electronic book review would be about more than reviewing books.

Electronic Literature as World Literature: An Annotated Bibliography


A snapshot of items on Joseph Tabbi’s desktops, vertical and
horizontal, presented at the Chicago meeting of the Modern Language
Association in December 2007.

The Cybernetic Turn: Literary into Cultural Criticism


Joseph Tabbi reviews the essay collection Simulacrum America.

Introduction to Annotated Bibliographies


This new thread, edited by Henry Turner and introduced by Joseph
Tabbi, presents in short order what scholars today in the field of
literature, science, and the arts are reading and viewing. Some of the
citations appear online, and by ‘enfolding’ these references, ebr
intends to build a profile of the field as it evolves, available to
ebr readers for further annotation and construction.

An Interface in Lieu of An Introduction


A note on the origins and development of ebr version 3.0, End Construction!

Cognition Against Narrative: Six Essays on Contemporary Cognitive Fiction


In his introduction to the Cognitive Fictions cluster, Joseph Tabbi suggests that reflexive, non-narrative literature plays a critical role in the new media ecology. Postmodernist writing by Joseph McElroy and Italo Calvino, the posthumanist thought of Cary Wolfe, and the emerging forms of electronic literature each occupy a position between narrative modes of consciousness and “object-oriented” computer and cognitive science.

A Migration Between Media


Joseph Tabbi reads both the book and the hypertext version of Strickland’s True North.

Epic at the End of Empire


In The American Epic Novel, Gilbert Adair presents a “State-of-the-Empire address” that interrogates the epical form in a time where authors no longer talk of writing “The Great American Novel.” As Joseph Tabbi finds, such an exploration goes beyond expanding the canon and presents “a new, compelling context for ‘the literary’ itself.”

The Medial Turn


Joseph Tabbi identifies a shift in U.S. criticism that has taken place in the eight years separating Susan Strehle’s Fiction in the Quantum Universe and John Johnston’s Information Multiplicity.

Nothing Less and Nothing More: The Oulipo Compendium


Alain Vuillemin comprehends the compendium - a summing up of four decades of Oulipian activity.
Translation by James Stevens

Poets Take On Guess Inc.: Poets Win


Poets Take On Guess Inc.: Poets Win