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Experimental Literature Reading List

Experimental literature, in the sense we mean at Infinity's Kitchen, refers to literary work that emphasizes innovation, most especially in techniqueIf you want to know more about experimental literature, conceptual writing, Flarf, Fluxus, OULIPO and that sort of stuff, here is a list of things you might read. To make the list more manageable, it is grouped by "theory," or ideas about experimental literature and "practice," or examples of literary writing that is in some way experimental. If you create anything similar to the items listed here, we would love for you to send a submission to Infinity's Kitchen.


Lopez, Tony. The Text Festivals: Language Art and Material Poetry. University of Plymouth Press, 2013.
Schneiderman, Davis, Andi Olsen, Daniel Levin Becker, Tim Guthrie, and Vicki Gerentes. [Sic]: A Novel (DEAD/BOOKS Trilogy) (Volume 2). 1 edition. Jaded Ibis Press, 2013.
Hall, John. Essays on Performance Writing: On Performance Writing, with Pedagogical Sketches. Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2013.
Hall, John. Essays on Performance Writing: Writings towards Writing and Reading. Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2013.
Hugill, Andrew. 'Pataphysics: A Useless Guide. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2012.
Zultanski, Steven. Pad. Make Now Press, 2010.
beaulieu, derek. How to Write. 1st ed. Talonbooks, 2010.
Bäcker, Heimrad. Transcript. Dalkey Archive, 2010.
Bok, Christian. Eunoia. Original. Coach House Press, 2009.
Fitterman, Robert. Rob the Plagiarist: Others Writing by Robert Fitterman 2000-2008. Roof Books, 2009.
Morrison, Yedda. Girl Scout Nation. Displaced Press, 2009.
Lin, Tan. Heath (Plagiarism/Outsource). Zasterle Press, 2009.
Shirinyan, Ara. Your Country Is Great: Afghanistan-Guyana. First. Future Poem, 2008.
Place, Vanessa. La Medusa. 2nd ed. Fiction Collective 2, 2008.
Goldsmith, Kenneth. Sports. Small Press Distribution, 2008.
"Conceptual Poetry and Its Others UA Poetry Center May 29-31, 2008." presented at the Conceptual Poetry and its Others UA Poetry Center, University of Arizona Poetry Center, May 29-31, 2008.
Sullivan, Gary. Ppl in a Depot. Roof Books, 2008.
Mesmer, Sharon. Annoying Diabetic Bitch. Combo Books, 2008.
Dworkin, Craig. Parse. Atelos Pr, 2008.
Fitterman, Robert. My Sun Also Rises. Calgary  Alta.  Canada: No Press, 2008.
Wertheim, Christine. +|'me'S-Pace. Les Figues Press, 2007.
Gordon, Nada. Folly. Roof Books, 2007.
Goldsmith, Kenneth. Traffic. Make Now Press, 2007.
Beaulieu, Derek Alexander. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. Information as Material, 2007.
Brown, Laynie. Daily Sonnets. Counterpath, 2007.
Gordon, Noah Eli. Inbox. BlazeVOX Books, 2006.
Kennedy, Bill, and Darren Wershler-Henry. Apostrophe. Ecw Press, 2006.
Acconci, Vito. Language to Cover a Page: The Early Writings of Vito Acconci. The MIT Press, 2006.
Thurston, Nick. Reading the Remove of Literature. First. Information as Material, 2006.
Acconci, Vito. 0 to 9 : The Complete Magazine : 1967-1969. Brooklyn  N.Y.: Ugly Duckling Presse, 2006.
Armand, Louis, Ed. Avant-Post: The Avant-Guarde Under "Post-" Conditions. Litteraria Pragensia, 2006.
Bergvall, Caroline. Fig. First Ed. Salt Publishing, 2005.
Place, Vanessa. Dies: A Sentence. Les Figues Press, 2005.
Goldsmith, Kenneth. The Weather. Make Now Press, 2005.
Nufer, Doug. Never Again. Thunder's Mouth Press, 2004.
Friedlander, Benjamin. Simulcast: Four Experiments in Criticism. 1st ed. University Alabama Press, 2004.
Bervin, Jen. Nets. Ugly Duckling Presse, 2003.
Gladman, Renee. The Activist. Krupskaya, 2003.
Mohammad, K. Silem. Deer Head Nation. Tougher Disguises Pr, 2003.
Bok, Christian. Crystallography. 1st ed. Coach House Press, 2003.
Wardrip-Fruin, Noah, and Nick Montfort. The New Media Reader. The MIT Press, 2003.
Goldsmith, Kenneth. Day. Geoffrey Young, 2003.
Bök, Christian. 'Pataphysics: The Poetics of an Imaginary Science. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 2002.
Goldsmith, Kenneth. Fidget. 1st ed. Coach House Press, 2001.
Wershler-Henry, Darren. The Tapeworm Foundry: And or the Dangerous Prevalence of Imagination. House of Anansi Press, 2000.
Farrell, Dan. The Inkblot Record. 1st ed. Coach House Press, 2000.
Konig, Walther. Marcel Duchamp in the Infinitive. Cornerhouse Publications, 1999.
Shaw, Lytle. Cable Factory 20. 1st ed. Atelos, 1999.
Jarry, Alfred, and Simon Watson Taylor. Exploits & opinions of Doctor Faustroll, pataphysician: a neo-scientific novel. Boston, MA: Exact Change, 1996.
Duchamp, Marcel, Michel Sanouillet, and Elmer Peterson. The Writings Of Marcel Duchamp. Da Capo Press, 1989.
Carse, James P. Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility. Ballantine Books, 1987.
Duchamp, Marcel, and Richard Hamilton. The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even: A Typographic Version by Richard Hamilton of Marcel Duchamp's Green Box. Third Edition. J. Rietman, 1976.
Shattuck, Roger. The Banquet Years; the Origins of the Avant Garde in France, 1885 to World War I,. New York,: Vintage Books, 1968.
Goldsmith, Kenneth. "Sentences on Conceptual Writing," n.d.


Carse, James P. Finite and Infinite Games. New York: Free Press, 2012.
Dworkin, Craig, and Kenneth Goldsmith. Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing. Northwestern University Press, 2011.
Place, Vanessa, and Robert Fitterman. Notes on Conceptualisms. Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009.
Ilnytzkyj, Oleh Stepan. Ukrainian Futurism, 1914-1930: A Historical and Critical Study. Harvard University Press, 1997.
Barth, John. The Literature Of Exhaustion And The Literature Of Replenishment. Limited. Lord John Press, 1982.
"What Is Experimental Literature? {Recap: Five Questions Vol. 1} | HTMLGIANT." Accessed May 9, 2011.
"Conceptual Poetry - / Syllabi." Accessed May 8, 2011.
Guthrie, Annie. "Conceptual Poetry/ Conceptual Interview." Accessed May 8, 2011.
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"Notes on Conceptualisms by Vanessa Place & Robert Fitterman." Accessed May 8, 2011.
"Robert Fitterman and Vanessa Place's NOTES ON CONCEPTUALISMS - BOMBLOG." Accessed May 8, 2011.
Perloff, Marjorie. "Conceptualisms, Old and New," n.d.
"Conceptual Writing 101: Reading List." Accessed May 8, 2011.
Mohammad, K. Silem. "Conceptual Writing." Lime Tree, n.d.
"SO WHAT EXACTLY IS CONCEPTUAL WRITING?: An Interview with Kenneth Goldsmith - BOMBLOG." Accessed April 7, 2011.
"Conceptual Poetry and Its Others," n.d.
Goldsmith, Kenneth. "Flarf Is Dionysus. Conceptual Writing Is Apollo. by Kenneth Goldsmith : Poetry Magazine [article/magazine]." Accessed April 7, 2011.
"The Literature of Exhaustion." Accessed April 7, 2011.
"Experimental Literature - Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia." Accessed April 7, 2011.
Goldsmith, Kenneth. "Paragraphs on Conceptual Writing." UbuWeb. Accessed April 2, 2011.


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