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.


The historical avant-gardes

Modernist-era experimentalism



  • RCEL Chapter 3: "The poetics of animism: Realism and the fantastic in expressionist literature and film" by Richard Murphy
  • Expressionism - Wikipedia



Postmodernist experimentalism

Postwar experimental poetry

The nouveau roman and Tel Quel

Lettrism and situationism

OuLiPo and proceduralism


Postmodern literature

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

  • RCEL Chapter 17: "Globalization and transnationalism" by Liam Connell

Altermodernist fiction

  • RCEL Chapter 18: "Altermodernist fiction" by Alison Gibbons

Manifestos and Ars Poetica


  • RCEL Chapter 20: "Post-criticism: Conceptual takes" by Gregory L. Ulmer
  • Heuretics: The Logic of Invention by Gregory L. Ulmer [LibraryThing]

Experiment now: printed matter

Experiments with language

Language poetry

Concrete poetry and prose

Found poetry and "uncreative writing"

  • RCEL Chapter 23: "Found poetry, 'uncreative writing,' and the art of appropriation" by Andrew Epstein
  • Found poetry - Wikipedia

Words in visual art

  • RCEL Chapter 24: "Words in visual art" by Jessica Prinz

Literary inauthenticity

  • RCEL Chapter 25: "Hoax-poetry and inauthenticity" by Philip Mead

Experiments with narrative and fiction

Unnatural narratives

  • RCEL Chapter 26: "Unnatural voices, minds, and narration" by Jan Alber, Henrik Skov Nielsen, and Brian Richardson

Impossible worlds

  • RCEL Chapter 27: "Impossible worlds" by Marie-Laure Ryan

Experimental life writing

  • RCEL Chapter 28: "Experimental life writing" by Irene Kacandes

Experimental genre fiction

  • RCEL Chapter 29: "'Rotting time': Genre fiction and the avant-garde" by Elana Gomel
Science fiction

Experiments with form and design

Graphic narrative

Multimodal literature

Information design

  • RCEL Chapter 32: "Information design, emergent culture and experimental form in the novel" by Steve Tomasula
  • Exercises in Style by Raymond Queneau [LibraryThing]
  • Double or Nothing by Raymond Federman [LibraryThing]
  • The Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation by Peter Norvig [full text]
  • Europeana: A Brief History of the Twentieth Century by Patrik Ouředník [LibraryThing]
  • 2666 by Roberto Bolaño [LibraryThing]

Interactive fiction

Experiment now: beyond the page

The digital age

Digital fiction

  • RCEL Chapter 34: "Digital fiction: Networked narratives" by David Ciccoricco

Code poetry and new-media literature

Computer gaming

Virtual autobiography

  • RCEL Chapter 37: "Virtual autobiography: Autographies, interfaces, and avatars" by Amy J. Elias

Planned updates

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