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Beyond MetafictionSelf-Consciousness in Soviet Literature$
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David Shepherd

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198156666

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198156666.001.0001

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Introduction: Metafiction and Soviet Literature

Introduction: Metafiction and Soviet Literature

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Metafiction and Soviet Literature
Beyond Metafiction

David Shepherd

Oxford University Press

This introduction chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about metafiction and self-consciousness in Soviet literature. Metafiction is a term used to refer to fictional writing which self-consciously and systematically draws attention to its status as an artefact in order to pose questions about the relationship between fiction and reality. This book examines the metafictional works of several Soviet authors including Leonid Leonov, Marietta Shaginyan, Konstantin Vaginov, and Veniamin Kaverin.

Keywords:   metafiction, Soviet literature, fictional writing, Leonid Leonov, Marietta Shaginyan, Konstantin Vaginov, Veniamin Kaverin

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