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.

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

2012-03-07

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: http://www.remixthebook.com/new-media-its-utility-and-liability-for-lite…

A Migration Between Media

1999-03-15

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

Cognition Against Narrative: Six Essays on Contemporary Cognitive Fiction

2011-01-02

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.

The Medial Turn

1999-12-30

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.

Epic at the End of Empire

2011-12-07

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.”

Nothing Less and Nothing More: The Oulipo Compendium

2000-01-01

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

1997-01-01

Poets Take On Guess Inc.: Poets Win

The Cybernetic Turn: Literary into Cultural Criticism

2001-10-01

Joseph Tabbi reviews the essay collection Simulacrum America.

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

2003-08-17

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

Confronting Chaos

2004-02-19

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

The 'Environment' Is Us

1997-01-01

Taking up the green thread from ebr4, Harold Fromm reviews three new books of eco-criticism
>— ebr4 critical ecologies

Blank Frank

2006-08-20

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?

2001-11-18

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)

Riga Under Western Eyes

2006-08-20

If you’re under the impression that Americans are wealthy, check out the capital city of Latvia.

Webarts

2001-01-01

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.

And Furthermore...

2006-08-20

Joseph Tabbi Responds to R. M. Berry

Writing Under Constraint

2000-01-01

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.

Fictions Present

2006-11-11

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

A Gathering of Threads

1998-01-01

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.

Recollection in Process

2007-02-03

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.

Internet Nation

1999-01-01

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.

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

2008-06-19

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

ebr version 1.0: Winter 1995/96

1995-12-30

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

Locating the Literary in New Media

2008-09-23

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.

The Cybernetic Turn: Literary into Cultural Criticism

1997-01-01

Joseph Tabbi reviews the essay collection Simulacrum America.

Electronic Literature as World Literature: An Annotated Bibliography

2009-01-30

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.

An Interface in Lieu of An Introduction

2001-11-17

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

Introduction to Annotated Bibliographies

2009-01-31

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.