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"Experimental moves deftly across expanses of twentieth-century literature and culture, addressing the intersections of technology, gender, epistemology, and poetic form. Cecire is a wonderful guide to this material, as she traces the uses of the concept of experimentalism in both scientific and literary contexts. This is a fantastic book—provoking, insightful, and assured."

"In spite of its ubiquitous characterization of poetry, the descriptor 'experimental' has almost never received examination. This extraordinary, beautifully written book finally cracks open this black box and in the process helps us to see modernism and Language writers' role in its construction anew. Cecire's bold and original account of the ideologies and epistemic virtues of the experimental tradition is destined to be required reading for anyone interested in modernism, science studies, or twentieth- and twenty-first-century poetry and poetics."

"In Experimental, Natalia Cecire unfolds a world—a gleaming, precise, and immediate world in which epistemic virtues surface in the uneven interactions between early-twentieth century American writing and the social and biological sciences. Cecire offers a brilliant new aesthetic genealogy for what we call experimental writing in its modern and contemporary formations. Experimental provides an essential account of how the story of experimentalism in American literature has been and, importantly, will be told, and inhabits the vocabulary that story needs."