Literature

Analepsis

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 […]

Austen, Jane

Jane Austen was an English writer and is considered one of the most important female authors in the history of literature. Born in Hampshire on the 16th December 1775, Jane came from a family that could be considered bourgeois, and she was the youngest daughter, having seven older siblings. Her father, the reverend George Austen, […]

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 […]

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor

Fyodor Dostoyevsky was a Russian writer, journalist and philosopher, and he is considered one of the greatest novelists in classical literature, in general, and in Russian literature in particular. Born on the 11th November 1821 in Moscow, Dostoyevsky spent his childhood on the Russian capital, together his parents and seven brothers and sisters. Dostoyevsky’s father […]

Epic

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 […]

Father Bartolomeu Lourenço de Gusmão

Father Bartolomeu Lourenço de Gusmão was a very well-known Jesuit priest and also an inventor, to whom is attributed the invention of the aerostat. Born in 1685 in Santos, Brazil, which at the time was still a Portuguese colony, Father Bartolomeu Lourenço de Gusmão, also known as the “Flying Father”, is an important figure for […]

Gongorism

Gongorism, also known as Culteranismo, is a literary style created in the XVII by the Spanish poet Luis de Góngora y Argote, from whom this specific style was named after. This form of writing, used mainly in poetry but also in some prose texts, was a huge trend throughout the XVII and XVIII centuries in […]

Harry Potter (saga)

Harry Potter is a literary saga that belongs to the fantastic genre, and that is composed by seven book, written by the British author J. K. Rowling. The books tell the story of a young orphan, Harry Potter, who at 11 years old finds out he is a wizard. Harry had lived so far with […]

Intertextuality

Intertextuality is a concept formulated by the Bulgarian-French philosopher Julia Kristeva, who defended that “any text is the absorption and transformation of another”[1]; the word “text” should be understood here in a broader way, as it can be a reference to any artistic or cultural production, in a visual support or not, and including verbal […]

Kundera, Milan

Milan Kundera is a French writer, with Czech origins. Born in 1929 in Brno, at the time Czechoslovakia, and currently Czech Republic, Kundera comes from a middle class family; his father was a pianist, and he was introduced to the arts world at an early age, starting to learn to play the piano with his […]

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