metafiction

noun
meta·​fic·​tion | \-ˈfik-shən \

Definition of metafiction 

: fiction which refers to or takes as its subject fictional writing and its conventions

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Other Words from metafiction

metafictional \ -​shnəl , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
metafictionist \ -​sh(ə-​)nist \ noun

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In the 1960s and 1970s, he was associated with a group of postmodern writers — Thomas Pynchon, William Gass, John Barth, Donald Barthelme — who questioned the limitations of realism and explored metafiction and self-reflexivity. Yu-yun Hsieh, New York Times, "Familiar Tales Remixed, at the Hands of a Postmodern Master," 27 Apr. 2018 Like so many of Stoppard’s works in which historical figures come up against the playwright’s irrepressible love of ideas, Hnath’s script is a kind of metafiction. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, "Lucas Hnath’s Leap of Faith Into “A Doll’s House”," 8 May 2017 YA author Lucy Keating delivers a light and fluffy fiction with citrusy twist of metafiction. Katie Ward Beim-esche, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Literally' is a bouncy summer read built on a sleight-of-hand trick," 5 May 2017 But The Muppets’ earnest metafiction goes deep like Inception. Scott Thill, WIRED, "Answer The Muppets’ Existential Query, ‘Man or Muppet?’," 10 Dec. 2011 But the precision and control of the tales has given way in these pages to a shaggy-dog approach that’s part stream-of-consciousness, part apocalyptic conjuration, part analogy-laden metafiction. Michiko Kakutani, New York Times, "Review: David Means’s ‘Hystopia,’ Not Your Average War Novel," 18 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of metafiction

1960, in the meaning defined above

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