Examining these texts in the order of their publication, I will pose three main questions: What makes them historiographic metafictions
, in the sense given to this term by Hutcheon and other narrative theorists?
Fictions and Metafictions
of Evil: Essays in Literary Criticism, Comparative Literature and Interdisciplinary Studies
Indeed, many of the so-called antinovels are really metafictions
Fame and reputation function as commodities, and characters in contemporary Austen metafictions
subject themselves, others, and Austen to assessment within a cultural market.
Inevitably, this produces powerful readings of Birchwood and The Newton Letter in particular, but Hand is able to read an Irish element into the historical metafictions
, Dr Copernicus and Kepler.
In this collection of essays, Byatt reflects on her experience as a writer of richly nuanced metafictions
and as a passionately engaged reader of narratives that range from the journals of nineteenth-century naturalists to the tales of Scheherazade.
To those accustomed to reading Clarence Major's wonderfully self-reflexive metafictions
such as Reflex and Bone Structure and Emergency Exit, his new novel One Flesh will come as quite a surprise since it is, formally at least, a conventional "realistic" novel complete with linear plot, a fully reified setting, plausible characters, and a stable third person point of view.
McCallum writes that it is necessary to consider 'the specific strategies through which metafictions
play with literary and cultural codes and conventions' (1996, p.
Using historiographic metafiction
as a case study, I will attempt to demonstrate that the analytical tools provided by "classical" narratology can be of great use for cultural analyses and context-sensitive interpretations of historiographic metafictions
, and of course of other historical narratives, as well as for other concerns of contemporary "postclassical" narratologies, including generic categorization.
Despite all the achievements of Australian fiction in the past generation, Gerald Murnane is unmatched in his commitment to experimentation, self-reflexivity, and, as the poet Andrew Zawacki says in his introduction to the new American edition of this 1982 work, "idealist metafictions
Here, in seminal form, Rojas posits his archetype of the self-conscious creative personality, ever at odds with his alter ego, and with whom the author will strongly identify in his subsequent fictions and metafictions
The same thing can be said about failed metafictions