The Dream and the Text: Essays on Literature and Language

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These 14 essays of oneirocriticism represent diverse orientations including archetypal, comparative, feminist, historicist, linguistic, postmodern, psychoanalytic, religious, reader response, and self- psychology. Topics range from the evil dreams of Gilgamesh to the politics of dreams in early Chinese history and literature, and encompass discussions of Shakespeare, Nerval, Dostoyevski, and Henry James. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791413623
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1993
  • Series: SUNY series in Dream Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 325

Table of Contents

Foreword by Norman N. Holland


1. Reading Yourself to Sleep: Dreams in/and/as Texts
Carol Schreier Rupprecht and Kelly Bulkley

Part I Foregrounding Theory

2. Bizarreness in Dreams and Other Fictions
Bert O. States

3. Real Dreams, Literary Dreams, and the Fantastic in Literature
Laurence M. Porter

4. In Defense of Nightmares: Clinical and Literary Cases
Jane White-Lewis

Part II Historical, Political, Cultural, and Social Aspects

5. Dreams, Divination, and Statecraft: The Politics of Dreams in Early Chinese History and Literature
John Brennan

6. Talmudic Dream Interpretation, Freudian Ambivalence, Deconstruction
Ken Frieden

7. Divinity, Insanity, Creativity: A Renaissance Contribution to the History and Theory of, Dream/Text(s)
Carol Schreier Rupprecht

8. Dreaming of Death: Love and Money in The Merchant of Venice
Kay Stockholder

Part III A Dreamer and a Text: Case Studies

9. The Evil Dreams of Gilgamesh: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Dreams in Mythological Texts
Kelly Bulkley

10. Hermia's Dream
Norman N. Holland

11. Self and Self-validation in a Stage Character: A Shakespearean Use of Dream
Joseph Westlund

12. A Challenge to Apollonian Mastery: A New Reading of Henry James's "Most Appalling Yet Most Admirable" Nightmare
Suzi Naiburg

Part IV Dreams in Texts

13. The Marqués de Santillana: Master Dreamer
Harriet Goldberg

14. Xerxes and Alexander: Dreams of America in Claramonte's El nuevo rey Gallinato
Frederick A. de Armas

15. Variations of the Prophetic Dream in Modern Russian Literature
C. Nicholas Lee



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