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A term used by some modern critics for a mode of modern fiction that openly delights in its self‐conscious verbal artifice, thus departing from the conventions of realism. Robert Scholes in his book The Fabulators (1967) describes fabulation in the works of John Barth, Kurt Vonnegut, and others as an essentially comic and allegorical mode of fiction that often adopts the forms of romance or of the picaresque novel. See also magic realism, metafiction, postmodernism, surfiction.

Subjects: Literature.

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