Conceptualisms: The Anthology of Prose, Poetry, Visual, Found, E- & Hybrid Writing as Contemporary Art (Paperback)

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By Steve Tomasula (Editor), Joe Amato (Contributions by), David Antin (Contributions by), John Ashbery (Contributions by), Susan Bee (Contributions by), Caroline Bergvall (Contributions by), Kate Bernheimer (Contributions by), Charles Bernstein (Contributions by), Ralph M. Berry (Contributions by), Alan Bigelow (Contributions by), Christian Bök (Contributions by), Kyle Boltin (Contributions by), Amaranth Borsuk (Contributions by), Jenny Boully (Contributions by), Brad Bouse (Contributions by), Mez Breeze (Contributions by), Blake Butler (Contributions by), David Buuck (Contributions by), Douglas Cape (Contributions by), J.R. Carpenter (Contributions by), John Cayley (Contributions by), David Clark (Contributions by), Robert Coover (Contributions by), Roderick Coover (Contributions by), Lucy Corin (Contributions by), Mark Z. Danielewski (Contributions by), Lydia Davis (Contributions by), Debra Di Blasi (Contributions by), Lesley Dill (Contributions by), Johanna Drucker (Contributions by), Rikki Ducornet (Contributions by), Rachel Blau DuPlessis (Contributions by), Craig Dworkin (Contributions by), Brian Evenson (Contributions by), Percival Everett (Contributions by), Kass Fleisher (Contributions by), Jonathan Safran Foer (Contributions by), William Gass (Contributions by), Valeriy Gerlovin (Contributions by), Rimma Gerlovina (Contributions by), Noah Eli Gordon (Contributions by), Tim Gutherie (Contributions by), Carla Harryman (Contributions by), Nicola Harwood (Contributions by), Lyn Hejinian (Contributions by), High Muck a Muck Collective (Contributions by), Lily Hoang (Contributions by), Susan Howe (Contributions by), Jason Huff (Contributions by), Matt Huynh (Contributions by), Shelley Jackson (Contributions by), David Jhave Johnston (Contributions by), Eduardo Kac (Contributions by), Bhanu Kapil (Contributions by), Douglas Kearney (Contributions by), Hank Lazer (Contributions by), Nam Le (Contributions by), Stacey Levine (Contributions by), Thomas Loh (Contributions by), Nathaniel Mackey (Contributions by), Ben Marcus (Contributions by), Michael Martone (Contributions by), Carole Maso (Contributions by), Harry Mathews (Contributions by), Steve McCaffery (Contributions by), Richard McGuire (Contributions by), Michael Mejia (Contributions by), David Melnick (Contributions by), Nick Montfort (Contributions by), Harryette Mullen (Contributions by), R. Henry Nigl (Contributions by), Lance Olsen, Ph.D. (Contributions by), Patrik Ouredník (Contributions by), Bob Perelman (Contributions by), Giles Perring (Contributions by), Tom Phillips (Contributions by), Vanessa Place (Contributions by), Salvador Plascencia (Contributions by), Niels Plenge (Contributions by), Claudia Rankine (Contributions by), Graham Rawle (Contributions by), Scott Rettberg (Contributions by), Frank Rogaczewski (Contributions by), George Saunders (Contributions by), Leslie Scalapino (Contributions by), Davis Schneiderman (Contributions by), Lee Siegel (Contributions by), Matt Smith (Contributions by), Steven Ross Smith (Contributions by), Anna Joy Springer (Contributions by), Stephanie Strickland (Contributions by), Cole Swensen (Contributions by), Illya Szilak (Contributions by), Nick Thurston (Contributions by), Lynne Tillman (Contributions by), Cyril Tsiboulski (Contributions by), Deb Olin Unferth (Contributions by), Fred Wah (Contributions by), David Foster Wallace (Contributions by), Bessie Wapp (Contributions by), Joshua Marie Wilkinson (Contributions by), Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries (Contributions by), Lidia Yuknavitch (Contributions by), Jin Zhang (Contributions by)
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A wide-ranging anthology of experimental writing—prose, poetry, and hybrid—from its most significant practitioners and innovators
A variety of names have been used to describe fiction, poetry, and hybrid writing that explore new forms and challenges mainstream traditions. Those phrases include experimental, conceptual, avant-garde, hybrid, surfiction, fusion, radical, slip-stream, avant-pop, postmodern, self-conscious, innovative, L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E writing, alternative, and anti- or new literature. Conceptualisms: The Anthology of Prose, Poetry, Visual, Found, E- & Hybrid Writing as Contemporary Art is the first major anthology of writing that offers readers an overview of this other tradition as it lives in the early decades of the 21st century.

Featuring over 100 pieces from more than 90 authors, this anthology offers a plethora of aesthetics and approaches to a wide variety subjects. Editor Steve Tomasula has gathered poems, prose, and hybrid pieces that all challenge our understanding of what literature means. Intended as a collection of the most exciting and bold literary work being made today, Tomasula has put a spotlight on the many possibilities available to writers and readers wishing for a glimpse of literature’s future.

Readers will recognize authors who have shaped contemporary writing, as among them Lydia Davis, Charles Bernstein, Jonathan Safran Foer, Shelley Jackson, Nathaniel Mackey, David Foster Wallace, and Claudia Rankine. Even seasoned readers will find authors, and responses to the canon, not yet encountered. Conceptualisms is a book of ideas for writers, teachers and scholars, as well as readers who wonder how many ways literature can live.

The text features headnotes to chapters on themes such as sound writing, electronic literature, found text, and other forms, offering accessible introductions for readers new to this work. An online companion presents statements about the work and biographies of the authors in addition to audio, video, and electronic writing that can’t be presented in print. Visit to read more.

About the Author

Steve Tomasula is author of the novels IN&OZ, The Book of Portraiture, TOC: A New-Media Novel, and VAS: An Opera in Flatland. His short fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Denver Quarterly, Fiction International, and The Iowa Review, and is collected in Once Human: Stories.

Praise For…

“Quick, what do all these things have in common: language writing and electronic literature, visual writing and sound writing, appropriation, collage and recycling, found textual objects, and machine writing? They are all conceptualisms, Steve Tomasula says, and he has assembled this bountiful, beautifully curated anthology to help us see how this is so. Tomasula has a sharp eye, an impeccable ear, a nose for connections and a wicked way with juxtaposition. You already know some of these selections, but I’ll wager there are plenty you don’t know, and in any case you’ll want to have them all in one place on your bookshelf or wherever it is that you keep your archive these days.”
—Brian McHale, author of The Obligation toward the Difficult Whole: Postmodernist Long Poems

Conceptualisms is a state-of-the-art funhouse of experimental writing. Reading it is like riding a roller coaster in a hall of narrative mirrors. Its nearly one-hundred selections range from postmodern masters like Gass, Coover, and Wallace to postliterature prophets such as Montfort, Jackson, and Bök. No other collection of innovative writing covers so much ground or is as wildly inclusive. A stunning achievement!”
—Jeffrey R. Di Leo, author of The End of American Literature: Essays from the Late Age of Print

“In a time of media multiplicity, we may feel like we’ve had enough of printed books, marble busts, landscape paintings and other windows on the world. Our writing has become multivalenced and our reading is more textured now that we’ve gotten used to texting. Writing both with and against the machine, we situate ourselves conceptually all the time. Steve Tomasula’s anthology is the first book to demonstrate the material and aesthetic range that digital media bring to literary reading and writing. Conceptualisms stands as a codex for our times. Read it through, from start to finish, and you will come away with a sense of what literature has become and where the best literary writing can now be found.”
—Joseph Tabbi, University of Bergen, Norway and editor, ebr (

Product Details
ISBN: 9780817360412
ISBN-10: 0817360417
Publisher: University Alabama Press
Publication Date: February 15th, 2022
Pages: 540
Language: English