A 2005 collage novel

This post is part of the cult fiction series, this issue #5

Graham Rawle Woman's World

A page from Graham Rawle’s Woman’s World

A collage novel is a form of experimental literature. Images or text clippings are selected from other publications and collaged together following a theme or narrative (not necessarily linear).

The dadaist and surrealist Max Ernst (18911976) is generally credited as the inventor of the collage novel. He published the collage novels “Les Malheurs des immortels” (1922, text by Paul Éluard), La Femme 100 Têtes (1929), “Rêve d’une petite fille…” (1930) and Une Semaine de bonté (19331934).

Recent examples include the 1970 novel A Humument[1] by Tom Phillips and Graham Rawle’s 2005 Woman’s World.

See also: cut-up technique, appropriation

3 thoughts on “A 2005 collage novel

  1. Paul Rumsey

    An earlier example… “What a Life!” by E.V.L. & G.M. (E.V. Lucas and George Morrow) who used illustrations from Whiteley’s Catalogue and scissors and paste to illustrate the imaginary and eventful autobiography of an aristocratic Englishman. Published in 1911 by Methuen& Co.
    Was later hailed as a pioneer work of surrealism and was the subject of an essay by Raymond Queneau.
    A brilliant book, new edition published by Collins in 1987.

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