Iona Gilburt

Fellow: Postdoctoral

Iona Gilburt is a SARChI Postdoctoral Fellow in Visual History and Theory. Her research focuses on adopting interdisciplinary approaches to the study of written texts. She has primarily worked on examining representations of photography and film in novels, with a particular interest in how visual media can reshape an understanding of a text and even function as a disruptive force. In addition, she works with creative criticism and is currently exploring ways to integrate current developments in Artificial Intelligence into the study of science-fiction literature in order to bridge the divide between possible and probable technologies.


  • Iona Gilburt (2019). ‘Bringing the Vietnam War Home: a Study of Photographic Media in J. M. Coetzee’s DusklandsSafundi, 20:4, 430-449, DOI: 10.1080/17533171.2019.1661563
  • Iona Gilburt. ‘Rewriting Dusklands: The Narrative of Marilyn Dawn.’ New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing. (Forthcoming, 2020)

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