My Body is a branching multimedia history (largely, but not entirely true) of the author”s body from childhood to the present. The body is seen as a loose assemblage of parts, each with its own story. From the large overview of the body that acts as a table of contents, the reader enters the work by selecting the part of the body s/he wants to read about. This leads to a short illustrated text, from which s/he may return to the overview to choose another body part, or follow any of the thematic links that form an network of pathways through the sections.Like the body proper, My Body has many avenues of approach, and invites the reader to get (pleasurably) lost in its intricacies.
Shelley Jackson holds an AB in art from Stanford University and an MFA in creative writing from Brown University. She is the author of the acclaimed and widely studied hypertext novel Patchwork Girl (Eastgate 1995), a feminist reworking of the Frankenstein myth,which Robert Coover has called the paradigmatic work of the golden age of hypertext. Her other e-publications include the award-winning My Body (Alt-X 1997) and her own web site, Shelley Jackson”s Ineradicable Stain Works in print include short stories in Conjunctions, Fence, Gargoyle, the Fetish anthology and other journals, and she is the author and illustrator of two children”s books.Forthcoming are a collection of stories and a novel.