Definition of metafiction in English:
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.
- 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.
- 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?
Definition of metafiction in:
- British & World English dictionary