my body —
a Wunderkammer

Shelley Jackson, with sound by John Wesley Harding and HTML coding by Ken Fricklas

my body — a Wunderkammer

The author and artist Shelley Jackson has produced a corpus of work in print and electronic media that takes as its central focus the relationship between human identity and the body's constituent organs, fluids, connective tissues, and other parts. While her well-known Storyspace hypertext Patchwork Girl revisited the Frankenstein story from the viewpoint of a female monster, my body uses the HTML hypertext form to revitalize the memoir genre. As the reader selects elegantly drawn woodcut images of parts of the author's body, meditations and anecdotes associated with each body part are revealed.

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Author description: my body — a Wunderkammer is a semi-autobiographical hypertext combining text and image in an exploration of the body.

Instructions: To hear the sound, turn on the computer's speakers or plug in headphones. Navigate the text by clicking hyperlinks and image-maps.

Previous publication: my body — a Wunderkammer was published in 1997 by the Alt-X Online Network,

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