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Life as Creative Constraint: Autobiography and the Oulipo

Anna Kemp


Life as Creative Constraint is the first book to focus on the extraordinary life- writing of the French experimental writing group, the Oulipo. The Oulipo’s enthusiasm for literary games and formal gymnastics has seen its work caricatured as ‘lifeless’ – impressively virtuoso but more interested in form than content and ultimately disengaged from the world. This book examines a broad corpus of work by Georges Perec, Marcel Bénabou, Jacques Roubaud, and Anne F. Garréta to show that, despite the group’s early devotion to the radical impersonality of mathematics, later generations of Oulipians ha ... More

Keywords: Oulipo, Autobiography, Constraint, Play, Perec, Bénabou, Roubaud, Garréta, Winnicott

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781800348448
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781800348448.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Kemp, author