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The Legacies of “Patchwork” Digital Femininity

“Using Shelley Jackson’s 1995 hypertext work Patchwork Girl as the initial model for a form of cyberfemininity that operates through hybridity and excess, this article examines the legacies of “patchwork” digital femininity in the works of Mez Breeze and Stephanie Strickland. Written in the invented language ‪#‎mezangelle‬, Mez Breeze’s works posit the feminine as fluid, flexible, always ‪#‎cyborgian‬, and always deeply bodily. Thus, the troubled language of mezangelle reflects these troubled cyberfeminine bodies: simultaneously organic and mechanical, embracing and ‪#‎queering‬ femininity, and invested in an embodied existence…”

Source: The Patchwork Girl’s Daughters: Cyberfemininity, Hybridity, and Excess in the Poetry of Stephanie Strickland and Mez Breeze