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Title: Canadian Historiographic Metafiction
Authors: Hutcheon, Linda
Keywords: Canadian literature
historical novel
Issue Date: 1984
Publisher: Essays on Canadian Writing
Citation: Hutcheon, Linda. "Canadian Historiographic Metafiction." Essays on Canadian Writing 30 (1984): 228-238
Abstract: What we label today as "metafiction" - fiction which is, in some dominant and constitutive way, self-referential and autorepresentational- suggests that the mimetic connection between art and life (by which we still seem to want to define the novel genre) has changed. It no longer operates at the level of product alone, that is, at the level of the representation of a seemingly unmediated world, but instead functions on the level of process.' We, as readers, make the link between life and art, between the processes of the reception and the creation of texts: the act of reading participates in (and indeed posits or infers) the act of textual production. The focus here is not on the reader and author as individual historical agents or on the text as the product of action, but on the processes involved in what in French is called the enonciation, the entire context of the production and reception of the text.
Description: This article is reproduced with the kind permission of Essays on Canadian Writing
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/9420
ISSN: 0316-0300
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