How does the rest of this project work?
Puddn'head Wilson is de-centered in that many stories interact without one being able to surpass the other. That's the way it works, digression upon digression. The threads are untied, then knotted together, then untied again... incessantly.
Hypertext can be very useful in making all this process clear and most importantly visual.
In this version of the novel, you can decide whether to read it linearly or to adopt a specific point of view, which corresponds to a main character and to a relative "subplot". You can read his or her own story and follow one narrative path at time; or you can change it when you reach a node, which is indicated by the color red. It means that two or more stories cross each other.
As Weinstein says, the self is fractioned and multiple according to the path we choose to follow.
The paths are based on a personal selection of passages inside the text, which might be arbitrary and inaccurate --I am sure there will be a much more detailed version of this work later - but for the moment, it's just an attempt to prove that hypertext works successfully as a de-constructive critical tool.
But don't worry! Wherever you are, you will always able to orient inside the novel, as I kept the overall structure unaltered. For anytime you click, you will find both the title of the chapter and the number of the page on your screen.
This, I think, will make you clear the difference between turning a page and clicking. The process of association is much faster and immediatly effective.
That's your turn now. Be "active" and select a reading mode:
1) enter the work from the very beginning and read it linearly;
2) enter the work from a character's point of view and follow the story:
Try to keep in mind whose story you are reading while moving through the text and the color of the thread...
3) read the short story as independent from its context:
"The babies: a story of identity"
"Roxy: a story of slavery"
"Tom: a story of fraud and murder"
"The twins: a story of revenge"
"Wilson: a detective story"