Reading Dreams: The Interpretation of Dreams from Chaucer to Shakespeare by Peter Brown

Reading Dreams: The Interpretation of Dreams from Chaucer to Shakespeare

EditorPeter Brown

Hardcover | May 1, 1999

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Reading Dreams contains seven new essays, based on new research, on the representation and interpretation of medieval and Renaissance dreams. The textual focus is both literary and non-literary. Chaucer and Shakespeare are important reference-points, while Langland, the Pearl-poet and Miltonreceive significant coverage. Diaries, philosophical texts, polemical writings, works on dream theory and medical treatises are also extensively used. The methodology is a mixture of close reading, detailed comparison and contextualising. Theoretical approaches are drawn from Freud, anthropology,social history and gender studies as well as from literary criticism. This is the first time that English-speaking scholars have collaborated to produce a book about medieval and Renaissance dreams. Their essays are designed to develop innovative and novel approaches of a variety and range possible only in a specially commissioned collection of essays. At the sametime, there are recurrent preoccupations, such as the relationship of theory to text, and the status of dreams as historical evidence. The authors open up new areas of enquiry, and suggest and exemplify possible approaches. In so doing, and by including three scholars who have written acclaimedworks on medieval dreams (A. C. Spearing, Kathryn Lynch and Steven Kruger), Reading Dreams will provide an authoritative advance on previous studies. It also represents a new departure by extending the debate across the medieval and Renaissance periods.

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Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Director of the Canterbury Centre for Medieval and Tudor Studies at the University of Kent (1993) Visiting Professor in English Literature, University of California at Los Angeles (1992-93) Distinguished Visiting Professor in Medieval Studies, University of Connecticut at Storrs (1991-92) Vi...
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Title:Reading Dreams: The Interpretation of Dreams from Chaucer to ShakespeareFormat:HardcoverPublished:May 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198183631

ISBN - 13:9780198183631

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Table of Contents

Editor's prefaceNotes on ContributorsA. C. Spearing: IntroductionPeter Brown: On the Borders of Middle English Dream VisionsSteven Kruger: Medical and Moral Authority in the Late-Medieval DreamDavid Aers: Intrepreting Dreams: Reflections on Freud, Milton, and ChaucerKathryn Lynch: Baring Bottom: Shakespeare and the Chaucerian Dream VisionPeter Holland: The Intrepretation of Dreams in the RenaissanceKathleeen McLuskie: The Candy-Colored Clown: Reading Early Modern DreamsBibliographyIndex

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Among the many interesting and constant themes that recur throughout this volume are the authenticity of the dream, the relationship of the dreamer to the dream, the relationship of the dream to the narrator (and the dreamer to the narrator), as well as the source of dreams and the meanings ofdreams. Several of the authors discuss the dream's relationship to its narration, either by the dreamer or by another narrator who also might act as an interpreter.