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Metafiction : Interface Series - Patricia Waugh


Interface Series

Paperback Published: 4th January 2002
ISBN: 9780415030069
Number Of Pages: 186

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Metafiction begins by surveying the state of contemporary fiction in Britain and America and explores the complex political, social and economic factors which influence critical judgment of fiction. The author shows how, as the novel has been eclipsed by the mass media, novelists have sought to retain and regain a wide readership by drawing on the themes and preoccupations of these forms. Making use of contemporary fiction by such writers as Fowles, Borges, Spark, Barthelme, Brautigan, Vonnegut and Barth, and drawing on Russian Formalist theories of literary evolution, the book argues that metafiction uses parody along with popular genres and non-literary forms as a way not only of exposing the inadequate and obsolescent conventions of the classic novel, but of stuggesting the lines along which fiction might develop in the future.

General editor's
What is metafiction and why are they saying such awful things about it?
Literary self-consciousness: developments
Literary evolution: the place of parody
Are novelists liars? The ontological status of literary-fictional discourse
Fictionality and context: from role-playing to language games
Further reading
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415030069
ISBN-10: 0415030064
Series: Interface Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 186
Published: 4th January 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.7  x 1.09
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1