Natalia Cecire, Yale University

Thursday, October 10, 2013

5 pm to 7 pm

101

Center for American History and Culture Programs
American Literature Seminar

“Experimental”
Natalia Cecire, Yale University

Can U.S. experimental writing meaningfully be periodized–or even defined? This book chapter examines the tension between experimentalism’s association with the historical avant-garde, on one hand, and the concept’s resistance to periodization, on the other. I propose a historical approach that learns from the inherent tensions in discourses around the “experimental,” arguing that the history of science at the turn of the twentieth century, and the historical exceptionalism attributed to experimental science in particular, helps to account for them.

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