What makes a novel an experimental novel? In general, experimental means something new, something unprecedented, a deviation from the established. When thinking about the readings for this course, I feel like one can distinguish between two kinds of “deviations” that constitute the experimental.
I would like to focus on the three, in my eyes, most obviously experimental novels, namely The Waves, Crash and Molloy. While they are undoubtedly all experimental, there seems to be a difference in their “experimentality”. The Waves, this “play-poem”, deviates from the conventional mainly in regards to its unusual narrative form, demonstrated in the six soliloquies. Crash on the other hand, transgresses rather moral boundaries and our ideas about the plot of a novel in general. Molloy seems to be experimental in both mentioned ways. Its narrative style with the constant contradictions is as extraordinary and unconventional as its “lack of plot” as Daniel put it.