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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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Narrativium is therefore the anchor for the stories that unfold on Pratchett's secondary world, revealing another meta-fictional level and ensuring that stories follow certain patterns:
Atonement is a particularly useful work for addressing this issue because it is highly meta-fictional; among the themes it addresses is the theme of fiction itself.
"Blue Ruin" features "meta-fictional sea shanties, pop-infused newgrass murder ballads and urbane lyricism with plenty of twang and punch," a press release says.
Her paper suggests that Hemingway's treatment of public and private culinary spaces facilitates meta-fictional recollection.
From this example it can be seen that within the novel the question of how to write a story is discussed, and the meta-fictional feature which is manifested so obvious cannot be nullified by the realistic writing permeated here and there in the novel.
Doctorow must circumnavigate is the wrecking of his or her scholarship on the iceberg of existing meta-fictional historiographic commentary-of which there is a vast body.
Those, however, who wished to learn more about Pat--and this was the majority of reviewers--felt frustrated by Beattie's literary "asides" and meta-fictional approach to her life.
The three-film "Egyptian Frame" program, meanwhile, will expose Dutch audiences to the multiple award-winning "The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni" -- a meta-fictional homage to the late Egyptian film star by Lebanon's Rania Stephan.
Sonnet sequences are not a place where we would expect to find fictional devices, and yet fictional mechanisms such as truth-telling frames, arguments, and meta-fictional discourse occur in sonnet sequences printed in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.
Conversely, the clever meta-fictional devices that Eco enjoys are married to a 19th-century novelist's open delight in grand flourishespoisoned books, exploding sewers, and other comic-book-like narrative devices that return the often-tiresome suspension of disbelief fiction requires to the realm of pure childhood pleasure.
What's more, I am fully prepared to share the 'real and pragmatic strategies' behind the Dearne's meta-fictional alchemy, because we all know that English teachers can't ever be 'pretentious' or hide behind 'fake' results!