meta·​fic·​tion ˌme-tə-ˈfik-shən How to pronounce metafiction (audio)
: fiction which refers to or takes as its subject fictional writing and its conventions
metafictional adjective
metafictionist noun

Examples of metafiction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anchoring even his most arcane metafictions are recognizable characters who try to commit to a principle or an identity — and often fail spectacularly. Dave Kim, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2024 Or the experimental metafiction of Sharon Mashihi’s Appearances. Vulture, 22 Sep. 2022 The problem with the likely indictment of Donald Trump is that his offense is a metafiction. Fintan O’Toole, The New York Review of Books, 28 Mar. 2023 The story now bounces into metafiction. Kristen Roupenian, The New Yorker, 27 Mar. 2023 By the Book: The novelist Sam Lipsyte reads everything — including mall design metafiction. Lauren Jackson, New York Times, 11 Dec. 2022 Venice, Toronto Imprisoned and subject to a filmmaking ban in his country, Iranian auteur Jafar Panahi offers his most chilling clandestine metafiction yet. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Sep. 2022 The show is not just a work of metafiction but an unsparing piece of self-criticism. John Semley, The New Republic, 28 July 2022 By and large, though, in these two books Mina has mastered the intricacies of metafiction, not to mention edge-of-your-seat storytelling. Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of metafiction was in 1960

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“Metafiction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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