– Patchwork Girl (1995), Shelley Jackson –
What if Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was true? What if Mary Shelley herself made the monster — not the fictional Dr. Frankenstein? And what if the monster was a woman, and fell in love with Mary Shelley, and travelled to America? This is their story.
Shelley Jackson’s Patchwork Girl was created in Storyspace, is distributed by Eastgate Systems, Inc., and ranks among the most widely read, discussed, and taught works of early hyperfiction. Patchwork Girl is rooted in an allusion to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus — as is echoed in both the title and the author’s own name — and can be read as a feminist response to Shelley’s 1818 gothic masterpiece.
Jackson’s work is available for reading and further study at the Electronic Literature Lab, directed by Dr. Dene Grigar. The catalog of all works and computer systems found at ELL is located at http://dtc-wsuv.org/ell-catalog.
You can read Pathfinders at http://scalar.usc.edu/works/pathfinders.
About the Author:
Author of Half Life, The Melancholy of Anatomy, hypertexts including Patchwork Girl, My Body, and The Doll Games, and author/illustrator of several children’s books, including The Old Woman and the Wave. Her short stories and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals including Conjunctions, the Paris Review, Bookforum, The LA Times, The Village Voice and Cabinet Magazine. She is the author of SKIN, a story published in tattoos on the skin of 2095 volunteers, and co-founder (with artist Christine Hill) of The Interstitial Library. The recipient of a Howard Foundation grant and a Pushcart Prize, she has degrees from Stanford and Brown and has taught at Brown, MIT, Pratt Institute, and the European Graduate School.