‘Kafka’s Wound’, a digital literary essay, has been designed to allow both the text of the essay, and the wealth of additional digital content woven through it, to be discovered and explored by each reader individually; there is no prescribed ‘right’ path.
If you are happy to experiment and discover your own personal route through then you need read no further. If, on the other hand, you prefer to have more explicit instructions, please read on.
In addition to the central essay and related author’s notes, there are videos, texts, image galleries, audio files and a game woven through the text. Each item falls into one of three themed categories: Creative, Archival, or Documentary content.
Using the site on a PC with a modern browser, or a tablet, will allow you to access this content via a unique ‘Visual Index’ displayed at the top of the essay. The Visual Index can be played with to reveal the connections between different items, clicking and dragging the larger nodes. It can be used to ‘jump’ directly to items within the context of the essay by clicking on the thumbnail images. There are also selected Essay ‘starting points’ that allow you to jump into the essay at specific points.
Scrolling down past the ‘Visual Index’ will bring you to the top of the main essay.
Sitting alongside the essay text, Side-note icons can be used to open and close individual items as you move through the essay. The same icon can be selected again to close the item. As you open one item, any previously-open item will close. The Side-notes are coded to indicate the theme of the content they display:
The control strip alongside the essay also provides a number of options: