The Function of Metafiction in The Book Thief: Tension, Self-Reflexivity, and the Critical Reader

Ellen Spacey

Abstract


This essay looks at the use of metafiction in Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, particularly through its use of narrative voice and mise-en-abyme.

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