Exercises in Criticism - The Theory and Practice of Literary Constraint, Paperback / softback Book

Exercises in Criticism - The Theory and Practice of Literary Constraint Paperback / softback


Exercises in Criticism is an experiment in applied poetics in which critic and poet Louis Bury utilizes constraint-based methods in order to write about constraint-based literature.

By tracing the lineage and enduring influence of early Oulipian classics, he argues that contemporary American writers have, in their adoption of constraint-based methods, transformed such methods from apolitical literary laboratory exercises into a form of cultural critique, whose usage is surprisingly widespread, particularly among poets and "experimental" novelists.

More, Bury's own use of critical constraints functions as a commentary on how and why we write and talk about books, culture, and ideas.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary studies: from c 1900 -
  • ISBN: 9781628971057



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