A remarkable collection of writings by members of the group known as Oulipo, this anthology includes, among others, Italo Calvino, Harry Mathews, Georges Perec, Jacques Roubad, and Raymond Queneau. Founded in Paris in 1960, Oulipo approaches writing in a way that has yet to make its impact in the United States and its creative writing programs. Rather than inspiration, rather than experience, rather than self-expression, the Oulipans view imaginative writing as an exercise dominated by the method of "constraints." While a major contribution to literary theory, Oulipo is perhaps most distinguished as an indispensable guide to writers.
Literature-Fiction, History-Criticism, Criticism-Theory,