Dreaming in the Middle Ages

Dreaming in the Middle Ages

by Steven F. Kruger, Kruger Steven F.
     
 

Medieval attitudes toward dreaming encompassed both deep fascination and strong suspicion. In Dreaming in the Middle Ages, Steven Kruger explores the ambivalence of the medieval dream through a close examination of philosophical, legal, and theological writings, as well as literary and autobiographical works. To place the medieval dream in its historical and cultural… See more details below

Overview

Medieval attitudes toward dreaming encompassed both deep fascination and strong suspicion. In Dreaming in the Middle Ages, Steven Kruger explores the ambivalence of the medieval dream through a close examination of philosophical, legal, and theological writings, as well as literary and autobiographical works. To place the medieval dream in its historical and cultural context, Kruger studies the development of theories of dreaming from late-antique Neoplatonic and patristic writers to the dream theorists of the late Middle Ages, and he situates these erudite and complex theories in relation to more popular treatments of dreaming like the Somniale Danielis. He considers previously neglected material, including an important dream vision by Nicole Oresme, and arrives at a new understanding of the literary genre of the dream vision. Finally, he asks how much we can discover about the medieval dreamer's "real-life" experience of dreaming, and looks to autobiographical accounts, particularly the dreams of conversion in Hermann of Cologne's Opusculum de conversione sua, to provide a partial answer. Dreaming in the Middle Ages presents a wide-ranging and challenging reinterpretation of the medieval dream, exploring an experience of crucial importance for our broader understanding of medieval culture.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521019958
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2005
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature Series, #14
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
Introduction: modern and medieval dreams1
1Dreambooks and their audiences7
2The doubleness and middleness of dreams17
3The patristic dream35
4From the fourth to the twelfth century57
5Aristotle and the late-medieval dream83
6Dreams and fiction123
7Dreams and life150
Notes166
Bibliography225
Index251

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >