David K. Herzberger (essay date 1984)
SOURCE: Herzberger, David K. “Metafiction and the Contemporary Spanish Novel.” In Selected Proceedings 32nd Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, edited by Gregorio C. Martin, pp. 145-54. Winston-Salem, N.C.: Wake Forest University, 1984.
[In the following essay, Herzberger perceives the maturation of contemporary Spanish metafiction “as a condition of intrinsic literary factors.”]
In its simplest and most common form, metafiction is fiction that reflects upon the nature of its own being: it is fiction used as an instrument of investigation into the nature of fiction. This kind of narrative generally casts aside the tenets of mimetic...
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