The End of Oulipo?: An attempt to exhaust a movement

The End of Oulipo?: An attempt to exhaust a movement


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The Oulipo celebrated its fiftieth birthday in 2010, and as it enters its sixth decade, its members, fans and critics are all wondering: where can it go from here? In two long essays Scott Esposito and Lauren Elkin consider Oulipo's strengths, weaknesses, and impact on today's experimental literature.

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ISBN-13: 9781780996554
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 01/16/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 118
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Lauren Elkin is a Paris-based critic and novelist; her essays on books and culture have appeared in many publications, including The Guardian, Bookforum, Five Dials, The White Review, and The Daily Beast. Her novel Une Année à Venise was published in spring 2012.
Veronica Esposito's criticism has appeared in many publications including The New York Times, Bookforum, and the Los Angeles Times. She is also the editor in chief for The Quarterly Conversation, an online periodical of book reviews and essays, and a Senior Editor with Two Lines Press.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Acknowledgments 11

Part 1

Eight Glances Past Georges Perec 13

Reality 13

Truthism 23

Negation 26

Plagiarism 43

Remainder 45

Exhaustion 50

Experiments 55

Perception is Never Finished 62

Part 2

Oulipo Lite 66

69 Theses, Notes, and Observations on Why Hervé Le Tellier Matters 70

Oulipo and Sexism 75

Desire and Decline 80

Put Love in the Title 84

Enough About Stereotypes 88

Love and Exhaustion 91

How Would You Like Your Oulipo? 96

A By No Means Exhaustive History of the Oulipo 102

Further Reading 107

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