Document Type : Research Paper
assistant professor University of Esfahan
lecturer University of yasoj
Contemporary Persian literature, like many examples of the world literature, makes use of metafictional techniques which come under the general category of Postmodernism. Metafiction covers various elements which all indicate the artificiality of literary texts. Combining the factual and the fictional, introducing the author in the text, and baring the literary devices and conventions are the characteristics of metafiction. In the present article, "The Elegy for Zhaleh and Her Murderer" from Abu-torãb Khosravi's collection of short stories, Divãn-e Soomanãt, has been analysed in the light of metafictional theories. In fact, the article tries to give ample responses to a couple of questions: can this short story be considered as a metafictional example of contemporary fiction? and relying on the innovations in the area of narrative and plot, has Abu-torãb Khosravi been able to provide us with a comprehensive picture of intellectual sphere and concerns of himself and his contemporaries?