An experimental novel can be referred as “a novel without enough story.” Many experimental novels are categorized as a group of narrative that has challenged ritual by breaking the illusion of fiction. Experimental literature denotes written work—generally fiction or poetry—that give emphasis to innovation, most specially in technique. Writers of experimental fiction are more concerned in being innovative and creative than in being understood. What’s “experimental” to one generation of readers may not be to the next, as innovations become conventions.
All the prime characters in an experimental novel may be illustrated as hateful, repulsive human beings. As an alternative of delivering an evident story, the writer may stroll on, stacking difference upon difference. Experimental fiction at times be logically challenging, but it is not contented to read because it clatters with the reader’s expectations. The writer may twist or play with grammar, meaning and language in unforeseen ways.
Examples of Experimental Novels:
- Speedboat, Renata Adler
- JR, William Gaddis
- Wittgenstein’s Mistress, David Markson
- The Mezzanine, Nicholson Baker
- A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, Eimear McBride
- How to Be Both, Ali Smith
- The Emigrants, W.G. Sebald
- Hopscotch, Julio Cortázar
- C, Tom McCarthy
- Notable American Women, Ben Marcus