I still object to the term "experimental".
You're argument against the term "experimental" is a good one, I
think. Conventionally, we use the term without reference to the
scientific process of creating a stated thesis then testing that
thesis, however, in agreement with your larger point, we probably
shouldn't deem works "experimental" unless those works were created
with the definite intention of breaking from conventions in ways
that go beyond commonplace breaks with convention (which happens
all the time).
Just being different from what's come before, in other words,
doesn't necessarily make something experimental. It's just
For sake of conversation though, I think we might be served in
looking at To the Lighthouse; Mrs.
Dalloway; Absalom, Absalom!
and Ulysses, works which are significantly
different in form and style than works that came before
We might reasonably appy the term "experimental" to these works,
if we use the term in its current, popular connotation. At least,
I'd make that argument.