The Body

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I was a little bit more uncomfortable with this piece.  I generally enjoy reading more psychological writings (like the University of Yellow Wallpaper).  It feels strangely conspiratorial to me to see someone else's body through that person's eyes.  However, if you are going to see something from another's point of view, hypertext is an excellent means for doing so. Hypertext, and its lack of linearity (if that is a word), lends itself to stream of conscious styles.  We are allowed to look at the narrators body without bothering to flow from face, eyes, nose, down to the feet.  We are allowed to move freely from hands to ears to mouth to toes in no particular order, allowing the reader to choose an interest.  Hopefully this does not sound too creepy and weird.

Now, as for the close reading, I think that the major theme of The Body is the blending of art and words.  The narrator describes drawing her body when no one would "sit still for me."  She then proceeds to blur the lines between visual and literary art by describing her "knobby feet," "linebacker shoulders," and "tinkerbell toes."  She is not describing herself, she is describing what it looked like when she would draw herself.  Even the page titled Body, is a combination of words and drawings.  There are pictures of the body parts with words around the periphery of the body's picture describing each body part. This work is designed to give us insight into the narrator's view of her body from both a visual and verbal perspective, though with more subtlety than a book, which would have a picture on one side of the page with an anecdote or description of the picture on the other side.  The internet, and some of its formatting features allow the two to melt together better than they would on paper.

Now for a seamless melting of your brain to the computer. 

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