This study concentrates on metafictional novels by Angus Wilson, Lawrence Durrell and Doris Lessing. The various methods and degrees of the built-in novelists' attempts to transform autobiographical experience into fiction are surveyed and followed by a discussion of the validity of mimetic presuppositions about fiction. The alternatives to realism are then discussed against the background of recent narratological theories.
Contents: The metafictional novels No Laughing Matter, The Alexandria Quartet and The Golden Notebook exemplify the transition
from initial mimetic presuppositions to a creative, autonomous concept of fiction.