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Metafiction and the Postwar Novel – Foes, Ghosts, and Faces in the Water - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Metafiction and the Postwar Novel: Foes, Ghosts, and Faces in the Water

Andrew Dean


This book examines the origins, poetics, and capacities of self-reflexive fiction across the globe after World War II. Focusing on three authors’ careers—J. M. Coetzee, Janet Frame, and Philip Roth—it seeks to circumvent the large-scale theoretical paradigms (such as ‘postmodernism’) that have long been deployed to describe this writing. The book does so by developing new terms for discussing the intimacies of metafictional writing, derived from the writing of Miguel de Cervantes and J. L. Borges. The ‘self of writing’ refers to the figure of the author that a writer may imagine exists indepen ... More

Keywords: metafiction, self-reflexivity, post-1945, Janet Frame, Philip Roth, J. M. Coetzee, postmodernism, life-writing, autobiography, writing careers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198871408
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198871408.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Dean, author
Lecturer in Writing and Literature, Deakin University, Australia

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