Patchwork Girl (1995), Shelley Jackson

Shelley Jackson’s Patchwork Girl was created in Storyspace, is distributed by Eastgate Systems, Inc., and ranks among the most widely read, discussed, and taught works of early hyperfiction. Patchwork Girl is rooted in an allusion to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus—as is echoed in both the title and the author’s own name—and can be read as a feminist response to Shelley’s 1818 gothic masterpiece. Patchwork Girl couples original writing with the aesthetic strategies of metafiction and collage to create a recombinant text borrowing heavily from deconstruction and gender studies.

John Vincler and Astrid Ensslin, Electronic Literature Directory