Metafiction in Detective Novels: Breaking the Fourth Wall


  • Varuna Yadav MA English, Ambedkar University Delhi


english, literature, metafiction, detective novels.


Metafiction in detective novels is a captivating exploration that transcends the conventional boundaries of storytelling. This abstract delves into the intriguing realm where the genre meets self-awareness, focusing on the phenomenon of breaking the fourth wall. As detective narratives unfold, metafiction introduces a narrative layer where characters become cognizant of their fictional existence, engaging in a dance between reality and fiction. This abstract examines the implications of this literary device on the traditional detective novel structure, exploring how the blurring of lines between author, character, and reader enhances the overall narrative experience. Through the lens of metafiction, this study seeks to unravel the intricate web of storytelling, inviting readers to question the nature of truth, illusion, and the collaborative act of constructing a mystery.



How to Cite

Varuna Yadav. (2020). Metafiction in Detective Novels: Breaking the Fourth Wall. International Journal of New Media Studies: International Peer Reviewed Scholarly Indexed Journal, 7(1), 10–13. Retrieved from