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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 For Calvino, metafiction is a way of exploring the nature of reality and the ways in which stories can shape our perceptions of the world. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2022 But Zambra’s incursions into metafiction, in which the author peeks in and winks at the reader, feel playful, serendipitous. Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2022 Mullins’ overgrown obsession with creepypasta and metafiction feeds on secrecy and modern subgenres of horror to make Inscryption a winding tale full of never-ending twists. Joshua Khan, Wired, 26 Dec. 2021 Looser and funnier than its predecessor, Part II is also a twisty piece of metafiction — the movie Julie is trying and failing to make is, of course, The Souvenir. —N.J. Rachel Handler, Vulture, 20 July 2021 True to form, The Good Fight is transparent about its shortcomings, turning the discussion over RBL’s future into a metafiction about the show’s own challenges in turning the page. Scott Tobias, Vulture, 24 June 2021 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Metafiction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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