Postmodernism As Metafiction
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There is, however, a considerable carryover from black humour into metafiction: offhand, even flip treatment of the dreadful; apocalyptic themes; mass-mediated characters. Nor is there an absolute chronological division. Metafiction, that is to say fiction about its own fictionality, overlaps with as well as incorporates black humour. Barth's Sot Weed Factor appeared in 1960; Pynchon's V. in 1963; Donald Barthelme's Come Back, Dr Caligari appeared in 1964 along with two works earlier discussed as black humour but with strong metafictional elements, Second Skin and Uttle Big Man. The master of metafiction, Vladimir Nabokov, wrote Lolita in 1955 and Pale Fire in 1962. Yet the different terms point to significant differences of emphasis and origin.