topos

Definitions of topos
  1. noun
    a traditional theme or motif or literary convention
    “James Joyce uses the topos of the Wandering Jew in his Ulysses”
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    type of:
    motif, theme
    a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary or artistic work
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