The Oulipo (Ouvroir de littérature potentielle – Workshop of potential literature) is the oldest literary group in the field of French contemporary literature. The Oulipians have been working on a new reading and writing of literature since 1960. The constraints they use to write are often inspired by mathematical and ludic structures. Though closely followed by faithful fans, known to language games lovers, widely used by teachers in creative writing workshops, the Oulipo is still little known to the general public.
While this exhibition is on display through February 15 only at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, it provides an opportunity to highlight some of Berkeley’s vast holdings by Oulipians such as Raymond Queneau, François Le Lionnais, Georges Perec, Italo Calvino, Oskar Pastior, Jean Lescure, Jacques Roubaud, and more.
- Oulipo: ouvroir de littérature potentielle (2014)
- Four cold chapters on the possibility of literature: leading mostly to Borges and Oulipo (2014)
- Le voyage d’hiver & ses suites (2013)
- 50 ans d’Oulipo: de la contrainte à l’oeuvre (2012)
- Anthologie de l’OuLiPo (2009)
- Oulipo compendium (2005)
- hundreds of individual titles if you search OskiCat by series La bibliothèque oulipienne