Definitions for excursusɛkˈskɜr səs
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digression, aside, excursus, divagation, parenthesis(noun)
a message that departs from the main subject
A fuller treatment (in a separate section) of a particular part of the text of a book, especially a classic.
A narrative digression, especially to discuss a particular issue.
Origin: From excursus ‘excursion’.
a dissertation or digression appended to a work, and containing a more extended exposition of some important point or topic
Origin: [L., fr. excurrere, excursum. See Excurrent.]
An excursus is a short episode or anecdote in a work of literature. Often excursuses have nothing to do with the matter being discussed by the work, and are used to lighten the atmosphere in a tragic story, a similar function to that of satyr plays in Greek theatre. Sometimes they are used to provide backstory to the matter being discussed at hand, as in Pseudo-Apollodorus' Bibliotheke. Furthermore, an excursus is often applied to a piece of academic writing to provide digressive information, which does not contribute directly to the line of argument, but can still be linked with the overall topic of the text.
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