Year:2023   Volume: 5   Issue: 1   Area: Literature

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Zainab Abbas ABDULLAH


The metanarrative technique is one of the novelistic methods that appeared in the late twentieth century, which relies on "textual overlapping" to achieve the basics of interdependence between the "narrative perspective" and the different "narrative accents" of starting points, manifestation and conclusion. The Iraqi novelist used these techniques in many literary productions, whether before Change in 2003 or after, and the dialogue of creativity and contemporary was present in quantity and quality in the production of the Iraqi novelist. The metanarrative formed focal dimensions that clearly stand out for the writer Hussein Rahim in the novel "The Storyteller's Curse", in which he transformed metanarrative techniques into fortified strategies of protest and revolution against reality, when he melted the traditional distance that separates the reader from the text And transform the reader into a skillful partner in cognitive and intellectual imagination, as he made the reader part of the creative work industry, assuming the availability of a historical and realistic culture in building the event. The events of the novel take place in an environment in which reality mixes with imagination, and contradiction is injected into the journey of the characters of the novel in a skillful manner. Along with the realistic narration of the event, although this technique was not used by the narrator to escape from the determinants of reality, but rather used it to erase the distance between reality and imagination. Meditation was one of the most important forms of fictional discourse, by transforming the fictional act from direct transmission to a method of participation in making the event. This difficult method is one of the achievements of the novelist Hussein Rahim, and he is credited with analyzing the fictional text of the novel "The Storyteller's Curse".

Keywords: Meta-Narrative, The Iraqi Novel, Postmodernism, Fictional Representations