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Fiction that deals, often playfully and self-referentially, with the writing of fiction or its conventions.

met′a·fic′tion·al adj.
met′a·fic′tion·ist n.


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) characteristic of, or being, a work of metafiction
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Andrew's Brain (2014), Doctorow's last novel, is a very complex work, dense with cultural references and metafictional hints about itself and the inescapable mediating role discourse plays in our understanding of reality.
Greene's novel not only offers metafictional commentary by relentlessly referring to its own linguistic medium, but also firmly places language within the context of sacrament through clear parallels to the Catholic Eucharist.
Fantastic Beasts' represents an interesting metafictional corner of the Hogwarts universe.
For instance, Sterne's metafictional Tristram Shandy is a twentieth-century novel published in the middle of the eighteenth; the compressed grammar and linguistic materiality of Dickinson's poems still fascinate Language poets.
The volume represents an illuminating study of classic notions pertaining to the metahistorical nature of contemporary narratives but here refreshed with metafictional approaches to scientific discourse.
weapon of the metafictional critique of realism in postmodern fiction,
There are no metafictional "mechanics" brought into play, and instead the book reads rather like a slow-paced thriller in which it eventually becomes apparent that the only logical explanation for the "ordeal" is that Pinfold is hallucinating.
After some early metafictional hijinks], what follows are tightly interlaced plots, suspense, dashes of comedy, historical particularity and a throng of believable, vigorously drawn characters--the work, in sum, of one of the Mideast's most popular novelists.
Predelli (2008) proposes, to metafictional sentences, the existence of a monster operator (FM), which can sometimes be represented by an expression such as "according to the fiction x" in the surface.
The strain between construing Isabel as a dishonest reader and a dishonest protagonist constitutes the foundation of the metafictional pondering on and reconstructing of womanly and literary subjectivity.
TFIOS (as its legions of fans refer to it, pronounced as one word: TIFF-ee-os) is also a metafictional construction that is both a cancer story and a commentary on common tropes in cancer narratives.
Mastering Chaos: The Metafictional Worlds of Evgeny Popov