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Dalkey Archive Press
University of Nebraska Press -- United States
Complexity Level : Basic (No Game System)
Format : Paperback
Genre : Contemporary Fiction
Genre : Humor
Target Age Group : Adults
Writing Style : Past Tense
Writing Style : Third Person
Miscellaneous Works by the Oulipo (French)
In 1960, a French literary group known as the Oulipo was formed. The group's mission was to explore the role of form in literature and to develop new forms in the process. Before the decade was up, their experimentation led them to invent the gamebook form (under the name "tree literature"). The Oulipo's interactive writings were not the first of their kind, but they came so early that it is likely they were one of several simultaneous inventors. Within the Oulipo, the idea was proposed by François Le Lionnais and first implemented by Raymond Queneau in his short story Un conte à votre façon. The idea of applying this form to theater was later used by Paul Fournel and Jean-Pierre Énard in The Theater Tree: A Combinatory Play. Both of these works were translated into English and published in the anthology Oulipo: A Primer of Potential Literature, first released by University of Nebraska Press and later reprinted in paperback by the Dalkey Archive Press with updated biobibliographies.
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