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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
1935-1940
Topos entered English in the 1930s directly from the Greek word meaning "place." It has always referred to a literary motif.