Mise en abyme

Mise en abyme (French pronunciation: ​ [miz‿ɑ̃n‿abim]; also mise en abîme ) is a French term derived from heraldry, and literally means "placed into abyss". The term has developed a number of particular senses in modern criticism since it was picked up from heraldry by the French author André Gide.

John Michael Boling

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