Week 5- Introduction to Electronic Literature -Shelley Jackson’s My Body


This upcoming week, you’ll be getting your introduction to the emerging field of electronic literature by way of the essay, “Electronic Literature: what is it?”, written by Katherine Hayles.

As you’ll see, one of the interesting wrinkles regarding some of the earliest forms of electronic hypertext literature is that they were written prior to the emergence of the world wide web, and were thus written on the hypertext authoring software, Storyspace. Since you’ll be reading Shelley Jackson’s web-based hypertext My Body: A Wunderkammer this week, you may be interested to see a short video that will give you a sense of what her earlier 1995 Storyspace hypertext work Patchwork Girl, a rewriting of both Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and L. Frank Baum’s The Patchwork Girl of Oz, looks like:


As you begin exploring our first example of electronic literature, Shelley Jackson’s hypertext My Body, I’d recommend that you spend at least an hour or so with the text, here, before moving on to watch the course video, here.

I’ll post the blog prompt this weekend.  I’ll also be distributing an  updated syllabus soon (I understand it did not come through on ELMS messaging), but for now use the original syllabus, also available on ELMS.

Also, don’t forget to post your first papers on your blog by Sunday night.  Please begin your paper’s blog post title with Paper 1 – [Insert Title of Your Paper].  

Good luck!


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