By Patricia Waugh

Metafiction starts off via surveying the country of up to date fiction in Britain and the USA and explores the complicated political, social and financial elements which impact severe judgment of fiction. the writer indicates how, because the novel has been eclipsed through the mass media, novelists have sought to hold and regain a large readership via drawing at the subject matters and preoccupations of those varieties. applying modern fiction by means of such writers as Fowles, Borges, Spark, Barthelme, Brautigan, Vonnegut and Barth, and drawing on Russian Formalist theories of literary evolution, the booklet argues that metafiction makes use of parody besides well known genres and non-literary types as a fashion not just of disclosing the insufficient and obsolescent conventions of the vintage novel, yet of stuggesting the strains alongside which fiction may enhance sooner or later.

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