Treatment Plan

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Virginia Tech


There is a tradition of experimentation in fiction. From Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy to B.S. Johnson’s The Unfortunates, we see an exploration in content and delivery of story. In Sterne’s Tristram Shandy, he uses tactics such as drawings and deletion of pages. In Johnson’s The Unfortunates, he shifts control to the readers by giving them the opportunity to shuffle sections of the book.

Here, as the reader, you have a choice. You can read Treatment Plan as it is arranged, or you can jumble the sections labeled with an image in any order within the dated sections. What must remain in order are the sections that begin with a date. The book is a medical-model case study fashioned in experimental fiction.

The cropped images which indicate the shuffled sections were taken of two stained glass windows at Salisbury Cathedral in the United Kingdom.

Please note that Treatment Plan is meant to be read in its printed form which consists of twenty four sections, twelve of which may be shuffled within the dated sections.



experimental, hospital, fiction