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The commitment to exploring new concepts and representations of the world through methods that go beyond the established conventions of literary tradition. Experimentalism was an important characteristic of 20th-century literature and art, in which successive avant-garde movements arose in continual reaction against what they regarded as decayed or ossified forms of expression. For examples, see dada, expressionism, futurism, modernism, nouveau roman, surrealism, vorticism.

Subjects: Literature.

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