Winter 2002 • Vol. XXIV No. 1 New Voices |

Body Games

Shelley Jackson is a gifted writer, illustrator, performer, and electronic artist who, very playfully, very disturbingly, takes the body apart and puts it back together again, always in startlingly imaginative ways. Her highly intelligent, yet immediate and accessible fictions, whether written for paper or screen, are deliciously crafted, maintaining always a fine balance between outrageous comedy and profound melancholy. She is a writer's writer, but a reader's writer, too, and one of the most poised and original talents of her generation. Shelley's central themes were established—almost as though discovered there—in her elegantly designed, complexly interwoven hypertext narrative, Patchwork Girl, published by Eastgate Systems in 1995. One of the two or three classic works of electronic writing from the past decade, Patchwork Girl is a subtle and provocative parody of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, in which Mary Shelley plays the Dr. Frankenstein role and the monster is a wom

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