Oulipot

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From a Montana Tech New Media class, referencing Wardrip-Fruin and Montfort, New Media Reader.

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Oulipot

  1. 1. Ouvroir de Littérature Potentille -- OULIPOT (Workshop for Potential Literature) – Referencing The New Media Reader, Wardrip-Fruin & Montfort
  2. 2. Queneau. 100,000,000,000 Poems. Paris: Gallimard 1961. ----. Yours for the Telling. Gallimard. 1973. Lescure. A Brief History of the Oulipo. Gallimard. 1973 Berge. For a Potential of Combinatory Literature. Gallimard. 1973. Fournel. Computer and Writer: The Centre Pompidou Experiment. 1981 Calvino. Prose and Anticombinatorics. Gallimard 1981.
  3. 3. Backstory and Remembrances <ul><li>Other examples of French influence on Art and Cinema. </li></ul><ul><li>Salon de Refusees btw http://www.googleartproject.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Auteur Theory in cinema. </li></ul><ul><li>(Review) Cut-up Method of William Burroughs. </li></ul>
  4. 4. About Oulipo, From Lescure’s Brief History <ul><li>First meeting was November 24, 1960 – founded by Francois Le Lionais and Raymond Queneau. </li></ul><ul><li>The essential object of their quest was literature “Every literary work begins with an inspiration … which must accommodate itself as well as possible to a series of constraints and procedures.” </li></ul><ul><li>The Oulipo intended to demonstrate that these constraints are felicitous, generous and are in fact literature itself. </li></ul><ul><li>THE GOAL, as iterated by Lescure was “To discover new structures and to furnish for each structure a small number of examples. </li></ul>
  5. 5. About Oulipo, From Montfort and Wardrip-Fruin <ul><li>This “knitting circle” is not primarily about producing texts, it is potential literature, not literature that its members fashion. </li></ul><ul><li>The idea of potential literature is to analyze and synthesize constraints, eg the lipgram where a certain letter of the alphabet cannot be use. </li></ul><ul><li>Founding text and prototypical example is A Hundred Thousand Billion Poems, a sonnet that had the potential to define a new type of computer-mediated textuality, producing custom poems in ways that give the reader an enhanced role in the process of literary creation. (See Fournel, Centre Pomidou Experiment.) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Your thoughts, Your Links <ul><li>A Documentary Saga of the Oulipo. </li></ul><ul><li>Italo Calvino. Distance from the Moon. </li></ul><ul><li>Calvino. The False Grandmother. Read by John Turturro. </li></ul><ul><li>Time Machine. </li></ul>

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