Mise-en-abime \mise-en-abime\, n.
- Literally, "placement en abîme," where "en
abîme" itself refers to the habit of representing a small
shield inside a larger one in traditional heralds and
- Most any "story-within-a-story" situations can be called an
example of mise-en-abîme. The device is especially common in
modern literature, television and films, but it occasionally
appears in art, E.g. a religious scene tucked into the background
of a genre scene with very different kinds of activity.