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  • abbr. Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to metatextuality.


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meta- +‎ textual


  • One of the things I have filed away under the "Things To Do When I'm Disgustingly Wealthy" is to publish the last installment of my - ahem - "metatextual" comic book story "The Lost", most probably as part of a nice trade paperback that has the entire story.

    lost page

  • But then the book turns metatextual: the source of the cards is the book's author.

    Book Report: I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak

  • But there's more to Flex Mentallo than post-modern metatextual hoo-hah and fourth-world breaking (though I should note I'm a sucker for that kind of stuff and there's enough of it here to keep schmoes like me happy for aeons).

    Collect This Now! Flex Mentallo | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment

  • Many admire her – and none more so, it appears, than Cora herself, who finds that even Austen's own spoiled heroine, Emma Woodhouse (in a gently pleasing metatextual touch, Goodwin has Cora reading Emma just before her ball begins), pales before her.

    My Last Duchess by Daisy Goodwin

  • I'm guessing there simply will not be time to include the footnotes I fretted over earlier in the summer, which is a shame, as this epistolary narrative would be greatly enhanced by such metatextual details.

    "For the World is Hollow, and I Have Touched the Sky"

  • His endlessly recursive gambits serve as a metatextual critique of how fact and fiction are just different ways to impose narrative — and yet they never seem like academic posing; indeed, they carry an amazing emotional wallop.

    He Saw It Coming

  • Deas even has time for some metatextual commentary on how dragons are treated in other fantasy novels the line about the docile dragons being ponies with wings was quite amusing, and a common criticism of other fantasy novels, which works better when we get to see the wild dragons, who are considerably more alien in thought and deed, in action.

    The King of the Crags by Stephen Deas

  • Most of all, perhaps, what Jonathan trips over here, and we stumble upon by momentary metatextual conundrum, measures the increased

    Phonemanography: Romantic to Victorian

  • Ballard uses metatextual techniques to highlight the devices of fiction and in doing so, provokes the reader to dwell on the relationships between fantasy and reality, concepts central to ‘Answers to a Questionnaire’.

    Ballardian » Unique visual complexities: A review of Grande Anarca

  • I won't give away the ending, but it turns out that the whole shift in tone and genre is basically a red herring at the metatextual level.

    "It doesn't want people"


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