Experimental Literature Links

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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.


Experimental literature - Wikipedia

Bray, Joe, Alison Gibbons, and Brian McHale, eds. The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature. Routledge Companions. London: Routledge, 2015. [LibraryThing]

The historical avant-gardes

Modernist-era experimentalism


Futurism (literature) - Wikipedia


Expressionism - Wikipedia


Surrealism - Wikipedia


Absurdist fiction - Wikipedia

Postmodernist experimentalism

Postwar experimental poetry

The New American Poetry 1945–1960 - Wikipedia

The nouveau roman and Tel Quel

Nouveau roman - Wikipedia

Tel Quel - Wikipedia

Lettrism and situationism

Lettrism - Wikipedia

Situationist International - Wikipedia

OuLiPo and proceduralism

Constrained writing - Wikipedia

Oulipo - Wikipedia


Metafiction - Wikipedia

Postmodern literature

Postmodern literature - Wikipedia

Experiments with identity

Twentieth century avant-garde women writers

Twentieth century avant-garde African-American poets

Anglophone postcolonial poetry

Postcolonial literature - Wikipedia

The new experimentalism



Post-postmodernism - Wikipedia

Globalization and transnationalism

Altermodernist fiction

Manifestos and Ars Poetica

Manifesto - Wikipedia


Experiment now: printed matter

Experiments with language

Language poetry

Language poets - Wikipedia

Concrete poetry and prose

Concrete poetry - Wikipedia

Found poetry and "uncreative writing"

Found poetry - Wikipedia

Words in visual art

Literary inauthenticity

Experiments with narrative and fiction

Unnatural narratives

Impossible worlds

Experimental life writing

Experimental genre fiction

Experiments with form and design

Graphic narrative

Alternative comics - Wikipedia

Multimodal literature

Liberature - Wikipedia

Information design

Interactive fiction

Interactive fiction - Wikipedia

Experiment now: beyond the page

The digital age

Digital fiction

Code poetry and new-media literature

Code poetry - Wikipedia

Computer gaming

Art game - Wikipedia

Virtual autobiography

Planned updates

  • Add a description for each category.
  • Add authors and works for the categories that only have general links.
  • Add links from other sites.