A Pataphysicial Primer

This page has been composed at the request of friends, students and museum visitors. It is by no means a complete reference guide! It is merely a list of favorites and goodies to give the curious reader a place to start unlearning.

 

We're sorry about using Amazon as the source for so many of these books – but they make it so easy. Be sure to check your local library and independent bookseller before ordering anything from them. Some of these texts may also be available on Project Gutenberg and Patacosmos.

 

Jarry's Texts

Exploits and Opinions of Dr. Faustroll ‘Pataphysician,  by Alfred Jarry

 

The Ubu Plays,  by Alfred Jarry

(at project gutenberg)

 

The Supermale, by Alfred Jarry

 

Days and Nights, by Alfred Jarry

 

Practical Construction of a Time Machine, by Alfred Jarry

 

Many of the above texts (and so much more) are available in this excellent 2 volume set from Atlas Press

Volume I of the Collected Works of Alfred Jarry. Black Minutes, Caesar-Antichrist, Essays, Speculations

 

Volume II of the Collected Works of Alfred Jarry. Absolute Love, Days and Nights and Exploits and Opinions of Doctor Faustroll, Pataphysician.

 

Pataphysical Studies and Intellectual Histories

'Pataphysics: A Useless Guide, by Andrew Hugill

 

'Pataphysics: The Poetics of an Imaginary Science, by Christian Bök 

 

Alfred Jarry: A Pataphysical Life, by Alastair Brotchie

 

Alfred Jarry: An Imagination in Revolt, by Jill Fell

 

The Banquet Years: The Origins of the Avant-Garde in France - 1885 to World War I, by Roger Shattuck 

 

A ‘Pataphysicians Library, by Ben Fisher

 

Evergreen Review - Number 13 - What Is 'Pataphysics?  

 

The Encyclopedia of Stupidity, by Matthijs van Boxsel

 

Tarology, by Enrique Enriquez

 

Conscious and Unconscious Pataphysical Literature (Through the eyes of the Conscious Pataphysician, all literature is Pataphysical)

Mount Analogue, by René Dauma

 

Impressions of Africa, by Raymond Roussel

 

Locus Solus, by Raymond Roussel

 

The Third Policeman, by Flann O'Brien

 

Life: A User's Manual, by Georges Perec

 

Mood Indigo, by Boris Vain

 

Exercises in Style, (and many other books) by Raymond Queneau

 

The Writings of Marcel Duchamp

 

Texts and Articles on the Web

Alfred Jarry's Semantics : a web of disambiguation, mirrors, energy, machines, and potential collisions, by Linda Klieger Stillman

Pataphysics, by Jean Baudrillard

Pataphysics of the Year 2000, by Jean Baudrillard

 

Pataphysics: A Religion in the Making, by Asger Jorn

 

Imaginary Music Technologies: a survey, by Professor Andrew Hugill

Transparency, Opacity, Antinomy, 'Pataphysics, by Professor Andrew Hugill

Excerpts from: 'Pataphysics, the Poetics of An Imaginary Science by Christian Bök 

 

Broken Circle &/ Spiral Hill?: Smithson’s spirals, pataphysics, syzygy and survival, by Edward A. Shanken

 

Puppetry and Pataphysics, Populism and the UBU Cycle by Kimberly Jannarone

Phenomenology of Patagonian Petroleum Philosophical Pataphysics

 

Pataphysics is Dead Serious, by Pascal Engel

 

Our Science of Pataphysics, by Alastair Brotchie

 

Corruption Contraption - The gidouille as a transubstantiating device, by Nicholas Lowe

 

‘Pataphysics’ useless guffaw, by Richard Marshall

 

Pata or Quantum: Duchamp and the End of Determinist Physics, by Jonathan Williams

25 Reasons Alfred Jarry is the Merdre

Pataphysics and Futurist Performance Art, Sophia Burridge

ALFRED JARRY AND ASGER JORN: THE EPICUREAN INFLUENCE AS SOCIAL ‘SWERVE’, BY KOSTIS VELONIS

The Aesthetics of Paradoxism

Postmodernism Has Forgotten How To Laugh, Pataphysics and the hilarity of humorless academics

The avant-garde case of Alfred Jarry. By Joost Haan

The Imaginary Solution, By Craig Dworkin

INTERRELEVANT, Zen, Poetry, Pataphysics

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