Author(s): Warren F. Motte, Jr.
A remarkable collection of writings by members of the group known as the Oulipo (Ouvroir de litterature potentiale), this anthology includes, among others, Italo Calvino, Harry Mathews, Georges Perec, Jacques Roubaud, and Raymond Queneau. Founded in Paris in 1960, the Oulipo views imaginative writing as an exercise dominated by the method of "constraints." While a major contribution to literary theory, and also great fun, Oulipo: A Primer of Potential Literature is perhaps most distinguished as an indispensable guide to writers.
Warren Motte is chair of the Department of French and Italian at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has written several studies of contemporary French Literature, including Fables of the Novel: French Fiction Since 1990. He is also the author of Mirror Gazing, a unique and personal exploration of mirror scenes in fiction.