Anna Gibson

Anna Gibson is a Ph.D. Candidate in English.  Her project explores how Victorian narratives — both literary and scientific — shifted the locus of consciousness from a self-contained mind to a sensory-biological body reacting to its environment.  Reading popular and canonical Victorian novels alongside the fledgling discipline of psychology, she shows that fiction was uniquely able to use formal elements to experiment with an embodied form of consciousness that science was only able to theorize and describe.  She will finish her dissertation this year with support from an ACLS Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship.  As part of her work on novel form, Anna is also putting together a prototype for an interactive, interpretive digital edition of Charles Dickens’s working notes for his last completed novel, Our Mutual Friend.  This project aims to provide a resource for researchers and students to interact with serial form in a medium that will bring to light connections between publication format, content, and form.