Patchwork Girl (hypertext)

Patchwork Girl is a work of electronic literature by American author Shelley Jackson. It was written in StorySpace and published by Eastgate Systems in 1995. It is often discussed along with Michael Joyce's Afternoon, a story as an important work of hypertext fiction.

Plot and structure

The narrative is based on two books, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Jackson's Patchwork Girl tells the story through illustrations of parts of a female body which are stitched together through text and image. The narrative of the story is divided into five segments, entitled "a Graveyard" "a Journal" "a Quilt" "a Story" and "& broken accents" each segment leads down a trail that takes the story in multiple directions through various linking words and images. In particular, Jackson uses graveyard imagery in order to invite the reader to resurrect Mary Shelley's monster.

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