Exercises in Style

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New Directions Publishing, 1981 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 204 pages
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The plot of Exercises in Style is simple: a man gets into an argument with another passenger on a bus. However, this anecdote is told 99 more times, each in a radically different style, as a sonnet, an opera, in slang, and with many more permutations. This virtuoso set of variations is a linguistic rust-remover, and a guide to literary forms.
  

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A great book for any writer. - Goodreads
Premise: a banal story, recounted 99 different ways. - Goodreads
Both are great tools to look at ways of story telling. - Goodreads
If I were writing a novel, this would be pretty handy. - Goodreads
A writer's writer type of book. - Goodreads

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I returned to Queneau's Exercises in Style to help me think a little more about the contemporary “conceptual poetry” and unoriginality movement associated with Craig Dworkin, Marjorie Perloff, Kenny ... Read full review

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Reading one scene, written 100 times in 100 radically different styles will make you ask questions about reality, and the ability of words to distort which they are supposed to represent. Fascinating to see the transmutations from a highly innovative writer. Read full review

Contents

NOTATION 21 DOUBLE ENTRY
21
LITOTES
23
METAPHORICALLY
24
RETROGRADE
25
SURPRISES
26
DREAM
27
PROGNOSTICATION
29
SYNCH YSIS
31
APOSTROPHE
102
AWKWARD
104
CASUAL
107
IO9 BIASED 112 SONNET
112
OLFACTORY
114
5 GUSTATORY 117 TACTILE
117
VISUAL
119
ill AUDITORY 123 TELEGRAPHIC
123

THE RAINBOW
32
WORD GAME
33
HESITATION
35
PRECISION
37
THE SUBJECTIVE SIDE
39
ANOTHER SUBJECTIVITY
41
NARRATIVE 45 WORDCOMPOSITION
45
NEGATIVITIES
46
ANIMISM
48
ANAGRAMS
50
DlSTINGUO
51
HOMEOPTOTES
53
OFFICIAL LETTER
54
BLURB
56
ONOMATOPOEIA
58
6o LOGICAL ANALYSIS
60
INSISTENCE
62
IGNORANCE
65
PAST
67
PRESENT
69
REPORTED SPEECH
70
PASSIVE
72
ALEXANDRINES
74
POLYPTOTES
76
APHERESIS
78
APOCOPE
79
SYNCOPE
80
SPEAKING PERSONALLY
81
EXCLAMATIONS
83
You KNOW
85
NOBLE
86
COCKNEY
88
CROSSEXAMINATION
90
COMEDY
92
ASIDES
95
PARECHESIS
97
SPECTRAL
98
PHILOSOPHIC
100
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PERMUTATIONS BY GROUPS OF 2 3 4 AND 5 LETTERS
129
PERMUTATIONS BY GROUPS OF 5 6 7 AND 8 LETTERS
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PERMUTATIONS BY GROUPS OF 9 10 ii AND 12
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PERMUTATIONS BY GROUPS OF i 2 3 AND 4 WORDS
133
HELLENISMS
134
REACTIONARY
136
HAIKU
139
FREE VERSE
140
FEMININE
142
GALLICISMS
145
PROSTHESIS
146
EPENTHESIS
148
PARAGOGE
150
PARTS OF SPEECH
152
METATHESIS
154
CONSEQUENCES
155
PROPER NAMES
157
RHYMING SLANG
158
BACK SLANG
159
ANTIPHRASIS
161
DOG LATIN
162
MORE OR LESS
164
OPERA ENGLISH
165
FOR ZE FRRENSH
169
SPOONERISMS
170
17 BOTANICAL 175 MEDICAL 175 ABUSIVE
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G ASTRONOMICAL
177
ZOOLOGICAL
179
FUTILE
180
MODERN STYLE
182
PROBABILIST
184
PORTRAIT
186
MATHEMATICAL
188
WEST INDIAN
190
INTERJECTIONS
191
PRECIOUS 95 UNEXPECTED
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Raymond Queneau (1903-1976) is acknowledged as one of the most influential of modern French writers, having helped determine the shape of twentieth-century French literature, especially in his role with the Oulipo, a group of authors that includes Italo Calvino, Georges Perec, and Harry Mathews, among others.

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