Definition of metafiction in English:

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metafiction

Pronunciation: /ˈmedəˌfikSH(ə)n/

noun

Fiction in which the author self-consciously alludes to the artificiality or literariness of a work by parodying or departing from novelistic conventions (especially naturalism) and traditional narrative techniques.
Example sentences
  • The second narrative technique, metafiction, works in opposition to point-of-view narration to align the reader with the author at the expense of the fictional subject.
  • The latter story, a somewhat incomplete-seeming outline of a tale, is as much an early exercise in metafiction and ghost-storytelling technique as a coherent narrative.
  • It may be metafiction, a technique seen in all his works.

Derivatives

metafictional

Pronunciation: /ˌmetəˈfikSHənl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • This author, whose entire career is based on the questioning of historical givens and beliefs, invokes the metafictional trope of migrancy to invoke an absolute of root-lessness and hybridity.
  • Frank does not disappear to Florida, he evaporates in a plethora of textual self-consciousness and metafictional self-referentiality in which Ford writes Frank out of his own narrative.
  • When we evaluate the characters and their actions, are our evaluations helped or hindered by the novel's literary devices and its metafictional play?

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Syllabification: met·a·fic·tion

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