Meaning of self-reflexive in English:



  • Containing a reflection or image of itself; self-referential.

    ‘sociology's self-reflexive critique’
    • ‘Among all of Caravaggio's self-reflexive images, none captures the elision from specularity to spectatorship more dynamically than the disembodied head of the Medusa.’
    • ‘In fact, as Burt shows, Shakespeare citations often enable a self-reflexive critique of the constraints of the industry within the mass culture genre itself.’
    • ‘Many of the stories in this series feature a self-reflexive narrator who, we are led to understand, is the actual creator, the ‘fictional author’ of the narrative.’
    • ‘Perhaps there was a Victorian sort of self-reflexive economics of nostalgia that became engaged at a certain point, when Young's separate works became a polemic body, but that would be guessing.’
    • ‘The first is that authors, due to increased consciousness of those that they have succeeded, are more self-reflexive regarding their influences and prepared to admit it to the world through the titles of their books.’
    • ‘On another level, over the last fifteen years many Arab films began to emanate an increasingly self-reflexive attitude to their adoption of various stylistic and generic practices.’
    • ‘That is to say, the book is a litany of facts, quotations, observations, anecdotes, recollections, fragments of poetry, and self-reflexive commentary.’
    • ‘Her thoughtful examination unearths binaries of mind/body and immaterial/material in even the most highly self-reflexive critical writing.’
    • ‘Desperate, he hired a stenographer and dictated a very self-reflexive story about a man whose dual obsessions - gambling and a woman named Polina - become tangled.’
    • ‘A fair portion of contemporary poetry over-relies on self-reflexive irony, tonal detachment, and an often irritating allusive erudition.’
    • ‘They are self-reflexive and unusually honest.’
    • ‘As a self-reflexive examination of the writing process, the author researches tools through the ages by visiting the library and perusing through historical documents.’
    • ‘It's breezy, you rarely get a palpable sense of danger watching the film, and the best surprises come from some giddy self-reflexive celebrity cameos.’
    • ‘Life is very self-reflexive in couch potato land.’
    • ‘As fascinating as an extreme close-up can be, too often it becomes too inward-looking, self-reflexive, about itself.’
    • ‘‘I think one of the key things about contemporary visual art is that it has become very self-reflexive,’ she says.’
    • ‘It is self-reflexive, but hollow: the computer artist is a mirror for the computer itself, which becomes subject, medium and audience.’
    • ‘Tom and I meet once a week to practice the most self-reflexive art on earth - the art of second language conversation.’
    • ‘Listening one's way through Mahler is not unlike reading Proust, though without the self-reflexive epiphany at the end.’
    • ‘In a brilliant casting decision, the movie also manages some self-reflexive satire.’