Dreams, Illusion, and Other Realities / Edition 1

Dreams, Illusion, and Other Realities / Edition 1

by Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty
     
 

"Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty . . . weaves a brilliant analysis of the complex role of dreams and dreaming in Indian religion, philosophy, literature, and art. . . . In her creative hands, enchanting Indian myths and stories illuminate and are illuminated by authors as different as Aeschylus, Plato, Freud, Jung, Kurl Gödel, Thomas Kuhn, Borges, Picasso, Sir Ernst

See more details below

Overview

"Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty . . . weaves a brilliant analysis of the complex role of dreams and dreaming in Indian religion, philosophy, literature, and art. . . . In her creative hands, enchanting Indian myths and stories illuminate and are illuminated by authors as different as Aeschylus, Plato, Freud, Jung, Kurl Gödel, Thomas Kuhn, Borges, Picasso, Sir Ernst Gombrich, and many others. This richly suggestive book challenges many of our fundamental assumptions about ourselves and our world."—Mark C. Taylor, New York Times Book Review

"Dazzling analysis. . . . The book is firm and convincing once you appreciate its central point, which is that in traditional Hindu thought the dream isn't an accident or byway of experience, but rather the locus of epistemology. In its willful confusion of categories, its teasing readiness to blur the line between the imagined and the real, the dream actually embodies the whole problem of knowledge. . . . [O'Flaherty] wants to make your mental flesh creep, and she succeeds."—Mark Caldwell, Village Voice

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226618555
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/28/2009
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
382
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

ILLUSTRATIONS,
GUIDE TO PRONUNCIATION AND TERMINOLOGY,
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS,
INTRODUCTION. TRANSFORMATION AND CONTRADICTION,
1. THE INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS,
2. MYTHS ABOUT DREAMS,
3. MYTHS ABOUT ILLUSION,
4. EPISTEMOLOGY IN NARRATIVE: TALES FROM THE Yogavasistha,
5. ONTOLOGY IN NARRATIVE: MORE TALES FROM THE Yogavasistha,
6. THE ART OF ILLUSION,
CONCLUSION,
APPENDIXES,
NOTES,
BIBLIOGRAPHY,
INDEX OF NAMES AND TERMS,
SUBJECT INDEX,
ADDENDA TO THE SECOND PRINTING,

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >