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Anna Gibson

Assistant Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

630 College Hall
Phone: 412.396.6431


Ph.D., English, Duke University, 2014
M.A., English, Exeter University, 2006
B.A., English, University of Southern Mississippi, 2004

Anna Gibson works on nineteenth-century British literature and specializes in novels of the Victorian period. Her research focuses on the relationship between the novel and the Victorian sciences, particularly psychology and physiology. Dr. Gibson's current book project considers the formal innovations with which Victorian novels articulated a sensory notion of the person. She also has interests in nineteenth-century social sciences, kinship studies, and visual and print culture, as well as in the contemporary British novel, travel writing, and the personal essay.

Dr. Gibson received her Ph.D. from Duke University, where she was a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow and received the 2013 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

In addition to her traditional research, Dr. Gibson is also interested in digital scholarship, particularly in how technologies can enhance traditional forms of scholarship and pedagogy. She is currently working on a prototype of the Digital Dickens Notes Project, which aims to digitize and explore Charles Dickens's working notes for his novels (beginning with Our Mutual Friend) alongside their serial parts. To learn more about this project visit http://dickensnotes.com.



  • "Our Mutual Friend and Network Form." Forthcoming in Novel: A Forum on Fiction (31 ms. pages)

Digital Projects


  • "Passenger Networks." Review of Charles Dickens's Networks: Public Transport and the Novel by Jonathan H. Grossman. Novel: A Forum on Fiction 46:3 (fall 2013): 478-482.


  • "'A sensation, for which I can find no name': Detection and Sensation in Victorian Fiction" 2013 International Conference on Narrative, University of Manchester, June 27-29, 2013

  • "'A continuous net-work of variable forms': Dickens, Lewes, and Dynamic Form." Victorian Networks : NAVSA International Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison, September 27-31, 2012

  • "Dracula and the Form of the Person." ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) Conference, Brown University, March 29 - April 1, 2012

  • "Detection and Sensation: Francis Galton and the Form of Sensation Fiction." Picturing the Nineteenth Century: INCS (Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies) Conference, University of Kentucky, March 22-25, 2012

  • "Bodies Acting Out: Physiology, Narrative, and the Sensation Novel."
Performance and Play. NAVSA International Conference, Vanderbilt University, November 2011 - Honorable Mention, Graduate Paper Prize

  • "We can hardly put ourselves in the position of these savages: Kinship, Sympathy, and Difference in Darwinian Fictions." Scale and Perspective. NAVSA International Conference, Montreal, November 2010.

  • "Reading Kinship Backwards: Victorian Anthropology, the Family, and Containing/Rejecting the Past." Past versus Present. BAVS/NAVSA Joint Conference, Cambridge University, July 2009

  • "Weaving the Golden Cord: The Brother-Sister Bond and Gender Divisions in Nineteenth-Century Women's Writing." Fresh Threads of Connection. 17th Annual British Women Writers Conference (BWWC), University of Iowa, April 2009.