Experimental Fiction

There is an attitude that pervades in postmodern fiction which suggests that realist fiction has lost all credibility. ... they delight in difference and uncertainty and revel in playfully mixing 'high' Experimental Fiction 106.

Author: Julie Armstrong

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441128713

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

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Ever since Ezra Pound's exhortation to 'make it new', experimentation has been a hallmark of contemporary literature. Ranging from the modernists, through the Beats to postmodernism and contemporary 'hyperfiction', this is a unique introduction to experimental fiction. Creative exercises throughout the book help students grapple with the many varieties of experimental fiction for themselves, deepening their understanding of these many forms and developing their own writing skills. In addition, the book examines the historical contexts and major themes of 20th-century experimental fiction and new directions for the novel offered by writers such as David Shields and Zadie Smith. Making often difficult works accessible for the first time reader and with extensive further reading guides, Experimental Fiction is an essential practical guidebook for students of creative writing and contemporary fiction. Writers covered include: James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka, Marcel Proust, Ralph Ellison, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William Gibson, Italo Calvino, Jeanette Winterson, Don Delillo, Caitlin Fisher, Geoff Ryeman, Xiaolu Guo, Tom McCarthy, James Frey and David Mitchell.

Russian Experimental Fiction

Something should be said about how meta-utopian works differ from the brand of utopian literature that found acceptance in the pre-glasnost ... Jean-François Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, 20 EXPERIMENTAL FICTION.

Author: Edith W. Clowes

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400863532

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 254

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In the three decades following Stalin's death, major underground Russian writers have subverted Soviet ideology by using parody to draw attention to its basis in utopian thought. Referring to utopian writing as diverse as Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground, and Orwell's Animal Farm, they have tested notions of truth, reality, and representation. They have gone beyond their precursors by experimenting with the tensions between ludic and didactic art. Edith Clowes explores these "meta-utopian" narratives, which address a wide range of attitudes toward utopia, to expose the challenge that literary play poses to dogmatism and to elucidate the sense of renewal it can bring to social imagination. Using both structural analysis and reception theory, she introduces readers outside Russia to a fascinating body of literature that includes Aleksandr Zinoviev's The Yawning Heights, Abram Terts's Liubimov, Vladimir Voinovich's Moscow 2042, and Liudmila Petrushevskaia's "The New Robinsons.". Not advocating its own utopian alternative to current social realities, meta-utopian fiction investigates the function of a deep human impulse to imagine, project, and enforce alternative social orders. Clowes examines the technical innovations meta-utopian writers have made in style, image, and narrative structure that inform fresh modes of social imagination. Her analysis leads to an inquiry into the intended and real audiences of this fiction, and into the ways its authors try to move them toward more sophisticated social discourse. Originally published in 1993. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Addiction Representation and the Experimental Novel 19852015

In Experimental Fiction : An Introduction for Readers and Writers ( 2014 ) , for instance , Julie Armstrong suggests that this type of writing , whose aim , she argues , is “ not necessarily to tell a story , " " 21 is always and only ...

Author: Heath A. Diehl

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 9781785276149

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 178

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Since the nineteenth century, the Western realistic novel has persistently represented the addict as a morally toxic force bent on destroying the institutions, practices, and ideologies that historically have connoted reason, order, civilization. Addiction, Representation undertakes an investigation into an alternative literary tradition that unsettles this limited portrayal of the addict. The book analyzes the practices and politics of reading the experimental addiction novel, and outlines both a practice and an ethics of reading that advocates for a more compassionate response to both diegetic and extra-diegetic addicts—an approach that, at its core, is focused on understanding.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Experimental fiction , Spanish ( May Subd Geog ) UF Spanish experimental fiction BT Spanish fiction Experimental fiction , Spanish American ( Not Subd Geog ) UF Spanish American experimental fiction BT Spanish American fiction ...

Author: Library of Congress


ISBN: WISC:89116883216

Category: Subject headings, Library of Congress


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Library of Congress Subject Headings

... Experimental Experimental farms USE Agricultural experiment stations Experimental fiction ( Not Subd Geog ) UF Avant - garde fiction BT Fiction Literature , Experimental Experimental fiction , American ( May Subd Geog ) UF American ...

Author: Library of Congress. Cataloging Policy and Support Office


ISBN: UOM:39015079817048

Category: Subject headings, Library of Congress


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Queer Experimental Literature

longer see experimental writing as a way to deal with it aesthetically.”5 In his view, the panel and the audience reveal more than a preference for narrative realism. Their reaction speaks to an internalized “publishing mentality” among ...

Author: Tyler Bradway

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137595430

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 268

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This volume argues that postwar writers queer the affective relations of reading through experiments with literary form. Tyler Bradway conceptualizes “bad reading” as an affective politics that stimulates queer relations of erotic and political belonging in the event of reading. These incipiently social relations press back against legal, economic, and discursive forces that reduce queerness into a mode of individuality. Each chapter traces the affective politics of bad reading against moments when queer relationality is prohibited, obstructed, or destroyed—from the pre-Stonewall literary obscenity debates, through the AIDS crisis, to the emergence of neoliberal homonormativity and the gentrification of the queer avant-garde. Bradway contests the common narrative that experimental writing is too formalist to engender a mode of social imagination. Instead, he illuminates how queer experimental literature uses form to redraw the affective and social relations that structure the heteronormative public sphere. Through close readings informed by affect theory, Queer Experimental Literature offers new perspectives on writers such as William S. Burroughs, Samuel R. Delany, Kathy Acker, Jeanette Winterson, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Alison Bechdel, and Chuck Palahniuk. Queer Experimental Literature ultimately reveals that the recent turn to affective reading in literary studies is underwritten by a para-academic history of bad reading that offers new idioms for understanding the affective agencies of queer aesthetics.

The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature

The third and final part of the volume comprises one section and turns to the impact that the digital age has had on experimental literature across media. Chapters on digital fiction, code poetry and new media, computer gaming, ...

Author: Joe Bray

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136301759

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 544

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What is experimental literature? How has experimentation affected the course of literary history, and how is it shaping literary expression today? Literary experiment has always been diverse and challenging, but never more so than in our age of digital media and social networking, when the very category of the literary is coming under intense pressure. How will literature reconfigure itself in the future? The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature maps this expansive and multifaceted field, with essays on: the history of literary experiment from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present the impact of new media on literature, including multimodal literature, digital fiction and code poetry the development of experimental genres from graphic narratives and found poetry through to gaming and interactive fiction experimental movements from Futurism and Surrealism to Postmodernism, Avant-Pop and Flarf. Shedding new light on often critically neglected terrain, the contributors introduce this vibrant area, define its current state, and offer exciting new perspectives on its future. This volume is the ideal introduction for those approaching the study of experimental literature for the first time or looking to further their knowledge.

Multimodality Cognition and Experimental Literature

1.1 EXPERIMENTAL LITERATURE AND MULTIMODALITY Novels that feature graphic elements are by no means a recent development in literary innovation. An early, canonical example of a novel with graphic elements is, of course, ...

Author: Alison Gibbons

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136632211

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 276

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Since the turn of the millennium, there has seen an increase in the inclusion of typography, graphics and illustration in fiction. This book engages with visual and multimodal devices in twenty-first century literature, exploring canonical authors like Mark Z. Danielewski and Jonathan Safran Foer alongside experimental fringe writers such as Steve Tomasula, to uncover an embodied textual aesthetics in the information age. Bringing together multimodality and cognition in an innovative study of how readers engage with challenging literature, this book makes a significant contribution to the debates surrounding multimodal design and multimodal reading. Drawing on cognitive linguistics, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, semiotics, visual perception, visual communication, and multimodal analysis, Gibbons provides a sophisticated set of critical tools for analysing the cognitive impact of multimodal literature.

The Post War Experimental Novel

As Jago Morrison writes as late as 2003, 'for several decades after the end of the Second World War, the novel appeared to be dead. As a vehicle for literary experimentation [...] book fiction could not hope to survive', ...

Author: Andrew Hodgson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350076853

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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Delving into how the traumatic experience of the Second World War formed – or perhaps malformed – the post-war experimental novel, this book explores how the symbolic violence of post-war normalization warped societies' perception of reality. Andrew Hodgson explores how the novel was used by authors to attempt to communicate in such a climate, building a memorial space that has been omitted from literatures and societies of the post-war period. Hodgson investigates this space as it is portrayed in experimental modern British and French fiction, considering themes of amnesia, myopia, delusion and dementia. Such themes are constantly referred back to and posit in narrative a motive for the very broken forms these books often take – books in boxes; of spare pages to be shuffled at the reader's will; with holes in pages; missing whole sections of the alphabet; or books written and then entirely scrubbed out in smudged black ink. Covering the works of B. S. Johnson, Ann Quin, Georges Perec, Roland Topor, Raymond Queneau and others, Andrew Hodgson shows that there is method to the madness of experimental fiction and legitimizes the form as a prominent presence within a wider literary and historical movement in European and American avant-garde literatures.