JOSEPH TABBI is an American academic and literary theorist who relocated to the University of Bergen in 2019. He has made significant contributions to the field of experimental American fiction in both print and electronic media. He is the author of Cognitive Fictions (2002) and Postmodern Sublime: Technology and American Writing from Mailer to Cyberpunk (1995). He was the first scholar granted access to the William Gaddis archives, and is the author of Nobody Grew but the Business: On the Life and Work of William Gaddis (2015). He edited The Bloomsbury Handbook of Electronic Literature (2017), and Post-Digital: Dialogues and Debates from electronic book review (2020). He continues to co-edit the scholarly journal electronic book review (ebr), which he founded in the mid-1990s with Mark Amerika.
Tabbi is also a founding member and Director of the Consortium on Electronic Literature (CELL). A National Endowment for the Humanities grant (2014) enabled member literary databases worldwide to build a search engine for interoperability. An earlier, startup grant from the NEH, for the development of the Electronic Literature Directory, provided a model for later databases worldwide that are now a part of the Consortium. A “manifesto” for the project can be found at www.cellproject.net.
- 2020. Post-digital : Dialogues and debates from electronic book review : volume 1. Bloomsbury Academic.
- 2017. The Bloomsbury Handbook of Electronic Literature. Bloomsbury Academic.
- 2019. Digital Readings. 9 pages.
Nobody Grew but the Business: On the Life and Work of William Gaddis.
Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2015.
2015 Midlands Award for Biography
Cognitive Fictions. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002.
Postmodern Sublime: Technology and American Writing from Mailer to Cyberpunk.
Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1995.
Edited essay collections
Post-Digital: Dialogues and Debates from the electronic book review (2 volumes);
in production for November 2019 publication, Bloomsbury Press, London and New York.
Handbook of Electronic Literature.
London and New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2017.
2018 N Katherine Hayles Award for Critical Writing and Choice Outstanding Academic Title
Paper Empire: William Gaddis and the World-System
Birmingham: University of Alabama Press, 2007: co-editor and sole author of introduction.
Reading Matters: Narrative in the New Media Ecology
Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997: co-editor and co-author of introduction.
2018: N. Katherine Hayles Award for Criticism of Electronic Literature, 1st Place, and Choice Outstanding Academic Title for The Bloomsbury Handbook of Electronic Literature.
2016: Society of Midland Authors Biography & Memoir Finalist. For Nobody Grew but the Business: On the Life and Work of William Gaddis.