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Oulipo: A Primer of Potential Literature (French Literature)by Warren F Motte
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This is an amazing anthology of writings by members of the group known a Oulipo (Ouvroir de litterature potentiale), comprised of Italo Calvino, Harry Mathews, Georges Petec, Jacques Roubaud, Raymond Queneau, and others. Rather than inspiration, rather than experience, rather than self-expression, the Oulipians view imaginative writing as an exercise dominated by the method of "constrains". A major contribution to literary theory and an indispensable guide to an approach to writing that has yet to make its impact on the United States.
Book News Annotation:
An anthology of writing by members of the group known as Oulipo, among them Italo Calvino, Harry Mathews, Georges Perec, Jacques Roubaud, and Raymond Queneau. They reject inspiration, experience, self-expression to view imaginative writing as an exercise dominated by constraints; Perec's novel A Void is the most notorious example. The approach, founded in Paris in 1960 has not found fertile ground in the US. Revised from the 1986 edition published by the University of Kansas Press to include new members of the group and new translations from the French.
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