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(noun) a rhetorical or literary figure in which words, grammatical constructions, or concepts are repeated in reverse order, in the same or a modified form; e.g. ‘Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds.’.

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the two sides of that chiasmus would be in constant tension

I vaguely remember trying to memorise this term for IB English but I guess I forgot ... referring to DFW's attempt to pursue "morally passionate, passionately moral fiction"

—p.257 Brief Interviews with Hideous Men: The Difficult Gifts of David Foster Wallace (255) by Zadie Smith
7 years, 1 month ago

the word 'inexorable' is itself inexorable [...] by the rainbow sweep of vowels which, in its cadence, describes an implacable curve--each syllable peels off irrevocably, culminating in the chiasmus of the 'X'


—p.58 by Jean Baudrillard
6 years, 6 months ago

Storytelling and literature can also be viewed as a chiastic structure: the social power of management storytelling intersects with the social powerlessness and marginalization of literature


—p.96 by Philipp Schonthaler
4 years, 3 months ago

Wallace leaves the guy there, crucified in the shape of an X, a chiasmus, a portrait of profound stuckness

—p.111 The Help Desk (109) by Kristin Dombek
3 years, 6 months ago

Yes, they seem to have a teeth-grinding fondness for the rhetorical figure of chiasmus (“We can build on the strength of our diversity, and the diversity of our strengths”).

—p.4 Party Foul (3) by n+1
4 years, 6 months ago

Death, of course, is the ultimate containment; other, less final containments are conversely strategies toward genocide. Perfect chiasmus.

—p.13 When a Person Goes Missing (11) by Dawn Lundy Martin
5 years, 7 months ago

An attitude might be expressed with just a shift in emphasis, a teasing chiasmus: “Raindrop, drop top” (“Bad and Boujee”).

—p.38 Notes on Trap (25) by n+1
5 years, 1 month ago