OULIPO : Ouvroir de littérature potentielle
Ouvroir : Old French word that means a workshop, a workplace.
De littérature potentielle : An expression that seeks to reveal the literary creative potential of a constraint, a rhetorical figure, or a poetic or linguistic form. (Anagram, palindrome, lipogram.)
OuLiPo is defined foremost by what it is not:
• It is not a literary movement
• It is not a scientific seminary
• It is not random literature
It is a group of writers, some of whom are also mathematicians, historians, translators or specialists in other disciplines…
How about an Oulipian AUTHOR? What is it ?
It’s « a rat who builds himself a labyrinth he intends to get out of. »
What is a Labyrinth? « Words, sounds, phrases, paragraphs, chapters, books, libraries, poetry, prose, and all of these things… »
This text is largely inspired by the Oulipo presentation in the group’s site.