# Is there a word for “flashbacks within flashbacks”?

Is there any single word in English for flashbacks within flashbacks?

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Perhaps meta-flashback. – Brett Reynolds Mar 11 '12 at 11:31
If you were talking about dreams within dreams, I'd say, "Inception." – J.R. Mar 11 '12 at 11:36
@J.R.,Not really,perhaps Inception was a good movie. – Vijin Paulraj Mar 11 '12 at 11:42
@VijinPaulraj: Yes, not really. I guess I should have added the ;^) emoticon. – J.R. Mar 11 '12 at 11:51
seems inceptionmania to all? – Vijin Paulraj Mar 13 '12 at 17:10

I've heard the term "nested flashback" before (as in "nested stories"). A non-authoritative example:

http://literarylab.blogspot.com/2011/08/nesting-flashbacks-or-not.html

That's not a single word, though...

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I'm joining Brett's comment. Metaflashback.

(Don't think there would be an hyphen.)

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Is metaflashback a new word? – Vijin Paulraj Mar 11 '12 at 14:57
@Vijin: Yes, and only certain technically-minded readers would understand it. – GEdgar Mar 11 '12 at 19:07

In computer programming that would be called

Recursive flashback.

Or

Recursion of flashbacks.

Or more descriptively, having a flashback within a flashback within a flashback would be

Third level of flashback recursion.

Perhaps, in a less technical situation, the lyrics of the song "The windmills your mind" could offer some guidance.

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like recursive fn? – Vijin Paulraj Mar 11 '12 at 18:53
exactly........ – Blessed Geek Mar 11 '12 at 18:56
Not quite, because in programming a recursive function is specifically a function that calls itself - so it would only be a recursive flashback if it was a flashback about itself. – Benubird Mar 14 '12 at 0:31
A recursive dream - the dream is the function. But at every level of recursion the function or the dream need not be dreaming of the same. – Blessed Geek Mar 14 '12 at 4:09