Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Education, Management, Information and Management Society (EMIM 2018)

Teaching the Term of “Metafiction”

Zezhou Zhong, Hongbin Dai
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Zezhou Zhong
Available Online August 2018.
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Term; Metafiction; Properties
As a relatively new literary term, metafiction has been more and more deal with in courses of Postmodernist Literature, but people haven’t seemed to reach any consensus. Generally speaking, metafiction involves at least some of the following properties: taking fictionality as a theme to be explored, thus foregrounding the artificiality of fiction; demonstrating symptoms of formal and ontological insecurity by commenting on the act of narration or the intrusion of the author into the text itself; postulating the world as a fabrication of competing semiotic systems, or dealing with the arbitrariness of language, or flaunting the creation paradox and demonstrating how the construction of fiction is the construction of different kinds of discourse; commenting on the creation of art; handling the relationship between fiction and reality; using literary or mythical allusions to remind readers of the textuality and intertextuality of the novel, etc.
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AU  - Zezhou Zhong
AU  - Hongbin Dai
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DA  - 2018/08
TI  - Teaching the Term of “Metafiction”
PB  - Atlantis Press
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EP  - 117
SN  - 2352-5398
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