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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) fiction that acknowledges that it is fictional or artificial


(ˈmɛt əˌfɪk ʃən)
fiction that discusses, describes, or analyzes a work of fiction or the conventions of fiction.
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Comedy legend Larry Charles jumped right into the deep end with his directorial debut Masked and Anonymous, which is part psychodrama, a cinematic "meta-fiction" starring Bob Dylan.
In a moment of meta-fiction, the fictional band The Archies (composed of Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica and Reggie) had an actual No.
invites our participation in the meta-fiction, and in so doing allows
Though deceptively casual on its surface, "Clouds of Sils Maria" marks his daring rejoinder, a multilayered, femme-driven meta-fiction that pushes all involved--including next-gen starlets Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz--to new heights.
This is particularly positive since he builds fiction from meta-fiction, avoiding the typical traps of our abundantly solipsistic times.
*** Seven Psychopaths (15) Meta-fiction runs riot as alcoholic struggling screenwriter Colin Farrell's titular script finds him involved with psycho killers real as well as fictional, the line between the two blurring in a convoluted plot when Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell kidnap mobster Woody Harrelson's Shih Tzu.
What is the function of meta-fiction and multiple narrators in the novel?
He acknowledges that Roland Barthes's "death of the author" (120) was popular for a time, and his method of explaining literary texts became a blueprint for writing fiction but he refutes point blank this sort of meta-fiction and argues that it in fact subverts fiction.
The short-story is understood as the literary form par excellence to capture modernism's fleeting attitude toward life, while postmodern short-story-telling returns a sense of renewal through literary innovation and meta-fiction. The contributors provide overviews of modernist and postmodernist theories of the short story with examples from mostly British-oriented stories explore questions of of autonomy, subjectivity, experimentalism, fragmentation, visuality, sensuality, and post-coloniality.
" and the New Meta-Fiction" surveys the ironic and sarcastic comments found on the e-tailer's site.
The self-conscious, self-referential narrator firmly grounds Tropic of Cancer in the realm of meta-fiction. That confusion in the mind of the reader is a deliberate device used by the author to push the reader away from the text, to force it to be held at arm's-length, euphemistically.
Stephan has collated and scrambled these -- the original audio and video of most sequences are unhinged from one another and redeployed -- to make a meta-fiction of Hosni from her multiple film personas.