Concept of analepsis Analepsis, or flashback, is a narrative technique, commonly used in literature and cinema, but that can also be used in theatre, and that consists on the description of events prior to the present moment of the story. This way, the chronological order of the facts is interrupted, and there is a return […]

Artificial Intelligence

Even though it’s still not (yet) on the list of words with daily use, the concept of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is known by the vast majority of population, and it’s becoming more and more used by the social media and various scientific communities. However, if inquired, most people can only say that this term refers […]

Baltasar and Blimunda

“Baltasar and Blimunda” (“Memorial do Convento” in the original Portuguese version) is a book written by Portuguese José Saramago, that was published in 1982. The story follows the construction of Mafra Palace and Convent, whose construction was ordered by the king D. João V in 1717, as a payment of a promise he made before […]

Basquiat, Jean-Michel

Jean-Michel Basquiat was a North American artist mostly known by the work he developed in the areas of graffiti and neo-expressionism. Basquiat was born on the 22nd December 1960 in Brooklyn, New York, in the United States of America, and he had Haitian origins on in father side and Puerto Rican on his mother side. […]


A cyclorama is the name given to the back of a stage, in a theatre, concert or show room, and that is placed behind the artists that are performing; it is commonly made of a light material, usually canvas or fabric, but it can also be a wall, and, as the name indicates, it has […]

DeMille, Cecil B.

Cecil Blount DeMille was a notorious North American director and producer, and one of the founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, being also considered one of the responsible for the establishment of Hollywood as one of the most important movie industries. Born in August 1881 in Ashfield, in the state of […]


Epic is a literary genre that is mainly characterized by the description of heroic achievements that can even be considered legendary. The word “epic” is commonly used to refer an unforgettable and unparalleled act or happening, just like it occurs in the narratives that belong to this specific genre. Normally, epic texts are poetry, but […]


Ericeira is a fishing village, situated near Mafra, in the district of Lisbon, Portugal. The village is located in an area normally nominated “West Zone”. The name “Ericeira” means “land of the hedgehog”, a reference to the animal that could once be found in great number in the area. Ericeira is an ancient village, the […]


Existentialism is a philosophical theory that emerged in the XIX century, and that remained very popular until the first half of the XX century, especially during World War II, a period when many of the main ideas associated to existentialism arose and were profoundly debated. This doctrine, as the name indicates, is focused on the […]


An extra, or background actor, is a figure or character that can appear in a movie, series or theatre play. Normally, the extra appears on set only in the background, and doesn’t have any kind of influence in the development of the narrative; in most cases, it is even impossible to identify the identity of […]