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Constraints, concealment and buried texts: reading Walter Abish with Georges Perec and the Oulipo

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Walter Abish (1931-) is a contemporary Austrian-American writer, best known for his rich, experimental novels and short stories Alphabetical Africa (1974), In the future perfect (1977), and How German Is It (1980). The formal experimentation of his constraint-based writing has led certain critics to highlight the affinities between Abish and the French literary group the Oulipo (the “Ouvroir de littérature potentielle” or “Workshop of potential literature”). The Oulipo was founded in 1960 ...

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Peer reviewed
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, Colleges and Halls
Publisher:
Duke University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Comparative Literature Journal website
Publication date:
2016-04-05
ISSN:
1945-8517
URN:
uuid:bcc43f1f-f180-4e2b-afbb-279cb4db4de6
Source identifiers:
618679
Local pid:
pubs:618679

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