What is experimental literature? How has experimentation affected the course of literary history, and how is it shaping literary expression today? Literary experiment has always been diverse and challenging, but never more so than in our age of digital media and social networking, when the very category of the literary is coming under intense pressure. How will literature reconfigure itself in the future? The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature maps this expansive and multifaceted field, with essays on: * the history of literary experiment from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present * the impact of new media on literature, including multimodal literature, digital fiction and code poetry * the development of experimental genres from graphic narratives and found poetry through to gaming and interactive fiction * experimental movements from Futurism and Surrealism to Postmodernism, Avant-Pop and Flarf. Shedding new light on often critically neglected terrain, the contributors introduce this vibrant area, define its current state, and offer exciting new perspectives on its future. This volume is the ideal introduction for those approaching the study of experimental literature for the first time or looking to further their kwledge.
Joe Bray is Senior Lecturer in English Language and Literature at the University of Sheffield, UK. Alison Gibbons is Senior Lecturer in Stylistics, English Language and Literature at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. Brian McHale is Distinguished Arts and Humanities Professor of English at Ohio State University, USA.