Experimental Literature Links
This article is a list of links to authors, works, and categories in experimental literature. Its purpose is to give you a starting point for exploring works in this set of genres.
I've based the list's organization on The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature (RCEL), a collection of scholarly essays on the subject.
This project is a work in progress.
How to use this list
If a category is well established in the field, I've linked to its Wikipedia article. If the author of the RCEL article was conducting their own survey of the category, I've listed the authors and works they cover with links to Wikipedia and LibraryThing wherever corresponding pages are available. I've also included links to a work's full text when that's available and links to background information from other sources.
Wikipedia articles will give you background information on their subject, and they'll usually contain bibliographies that will point you to works related to that subject, such as works in the category or works by the author.
LibraryThing is a social library catalog website that lets you catalog your collection. Here I'm using it for its recommendation features and its links to other sites.
When you visit a work's LibraryThing page, you can find related works in the "LibraryThing Recommendations" section and the "Member recommendations" section. You can also click on the tags users have assigned to it. Each tag link takes you to a page for that tag, which lists other works that have been assigned it, as well as related tags, subjects, and tagmashes, which are combinations of tags. You can create your own tagmashes.
In the upper right sidebar of a work's LibraryThing page, you'll find links to its corresponding page on other catalog websites, such as Amazon, Google Books, and WorldCat, a shared catalog of physical libraries worldwide. These sites will often let you look through a preview of the book. They'll also give you ways to find other related works, usually by recommendations or subject links on the work's page. If you're logged in, you can edit this section to show links from a long list of other sites.
Bray, Joe, Alison Gibbons, and Brian McHale, eds. The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature. Routledge Companions. London: Routledge, 2015. [LibraryThing]
The historical avant-gardes
Postwar experimental poetry
The nouveau roman and Tel Quel
Lettrism and situationism
OuLiPo and proceduralism
Experiments with identity
Twentieth century avant-garde women writers
Twentieth century avant-garde African-American poets
Anglophone postcolonial poetry
The new experimentalism
Globalization and transnationalism
Manifestos and Ars Poetica
Experiment now: printed matter
Experiments with language
Concrete poetry and prose
Found poetry and "uncreative writing"
Words in visual art
Experiments with narrative and fiction
Experimental life writing
Experimental genre fiction
Experiments with form and design
Experiment now: beyond the page
The digital age
Code poetry and new-media literature
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