Experiment with Literature


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.

From House of Leaves all the way back to Mrs. Dalloway, it’s a list on which even the staunchest adherents to tradition are bound to find something they like.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →