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Transcript of Metafiction
a. Fiction that discusses, describes, or analyzes a work of fiction or the conventions of fiction.
b. Fiction about fiction
Reasons for metafiction
The reader is allowed to step out of the story itself and think about what the author is doing to the story.
Metafiction in the classroom
"Metafiction draws the attention of readers to how texts work and to how meaning is created" (Pantaleo).
Pantaleo, S. (2005). "Young Children Engage with the Metafictive in Picture Books (Trends of Children Literature). http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-136339006.html
The characters know that they are in a book.
Examples of metafiction
A character in the book is reading a book
The character speaks directly to the reader
The author is a character in the book
The reader becomes actively involved in the story.
The reader thinks critically about what is being read.
Relate fiction to real life events and background knowledge.
Open the field for multiple narratives, subplots, inferencing, and cognitive/metacognitive thinking.
Understand non-linear and abstract text