Posts Tagged: experimental lit
The changing economics of the publishing industry may be hurting profits, but it has also allowed writers room to experiment with new forms that are often more challenging to readers than has been allowable in the past. Instead of meeting declining sales with pedestrian replicas of past successes, authors are taking greater risks, and often rewarded for it, explains Thomas McMullan at the Guardian:
Perhaps the taste for inventiveness stems not so much from reaching back into modernism, but more from the desire to find something representative of the physically detached, digitally connected way most of us communicate, just as Joyce was compelled to find a new way to express the rapidly changing face of the early 20th century.
Twitter is like a digital notebook for collecting observations, Rhys Nixon describes over at Entropy, making it an ideal platform for poetry and expression. Twitter also combines humor and absurdism, two elements often overlooked in more conventional literature. But perhaps the most significant characteristic of Twitter is the collaborative process essential to all creative forms....more
Too often new writers expect experimental fiction simply means abnormal page layouts, says Sequoia Nagamatsu, an editor for Psychopomp. Writing in The Review Review, Nagamatsu explores a better definition:
In other words, a successful literary experiment (regardless of whether that experiment resembles realist fiction or your Settlers of Catan board) has to do more than look weird on the page… There is content to consider, literary tradition, context, and the metaphoric and aesthetic resonance of artifice and construction.
If you’ve grown up on canonical realist fiction, it can take a while to get used to the taste of experimental literature.
But LitReactor’s Cath Murphy, after enduring slander against her adventurous side no less vicious than “Cath never likes anything experimental,” has compiled a list of books that take death-defying risks with form and content—and succeed....more