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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Definitions for topos

  1. a convention or motif, especially in a literary work; a rhetorical convention.

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Citations for topos
Each topos carries an implied meaning that is more significant than a precisely observed place could provide Stephen Siddall, Landscape and Literature, 2009
How could the most universally legitimate political ideology of our time fail to become a topos in postwar fiction? Homi K. Bhabha, Nation and Narration, 1990
Origin of topos
Topos entered English in the 1930s directly from the Greek word meaning "place." It has always referred to a literary motif.