Visions of the Night: Dreams, Religion, and Psychology

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This wide-raging exploration of spiritual and scientific dimensions of dreaming offers new connections between the ancient wisdom of the world's religious traditions, which have always taught that dreams reveal divine truths, and the recent findings of modern psychological research. Drawing upon philosophy, anthropology, sociology, neurology, literature, and film criticism, the book offers a better understanding of the mysterious complexity and startling creative powers of human dreaming experience. For those ...
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Overview

This wide-raging exploration of spiritual and scientific dimensions of dreaming offers new connections between the ancient wisdom of the world's religious traditions, which have always taught that dreams reveal divine truths, and the recent findings of modern psychological research. Drawing upon philosophy, anthropology, sociology, neurology, literature, and film criticism, the book offers a better understanding of the mysterious complexity and startling creative powers of human dreaming experience. For those interested in gaining new perspectives on dreaming, the powers of the imagination, and the newest frontiers in the dialogue between religion and science, Visions of the Night promises to be a welcome resource.
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In this multi-dimensioned analysis of dreaming, Bulkeley (religious studies, Santa Clara U.) explores the varieties of religious dream experience as well as the latest research from sleep laboratories. Essays analyze dreams in such diverse milieus as: the Third Reich, , films such as , and Russia's debut conference on dreaming held in 1991. Contains bibliographic essays on 16 facets of dreaming (from Freud and Jung to alternative clinical theories and cross-cultural studies) as well as a 35-page bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791442838
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Series: SUNY series in Dream Studies Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Varieties of Religious Dream Experience 1
1 Root Metaphor Dreams 7
2 Dreaming and Conversion 15
3 Where Do Dreams Come From? 23
4 Sharing Dreams in Community Settings 31
5 Dreams and Environmental Ethics 39
6 Dreaming in a Totalitarian Society: A Winnicottian Reading of Charlotte Beradt's The Third Reich of Dreams 47
7 Dreaming Is Play: A Response to Freud 59
8 Gods, REMS, and What Neurology Has to Say about the Religious Meanings of Dreams 67
9 The Evil Dreams of Gilgamesh: Interpreting Dreams in Mythological Texts 77
10 Wisdom's Refuge in the Night: Dreams in The Mahabharata, The Ramayana, and Richard III 93
11 Dreamily Deconstructing the Dream Factory: The Wizard of Oz and A Nightmare on Elm Street 103
12 Dreams within Films, Films within Dreams 111
13 Dreaming in Russia, August 1991 119
Postscript on Dreams, Religion, and Psychological Studies 129
Bibliographical Essays 131
Freud and Psychoanalysis 131
Jung and Analytic Psychology 134
Alternative Clinical Theories about Dreams 137
Sleep Laboratory Research on REM Sleep and Dreaming 139
Dreaming and Cognition 141
Content Analysis 144
Nightmares 146
Children's Dreams 148
Gender and Sexuality 151
Popular Psychology 154
Lucid Dreaming 157
Paranormal Dreams 160
Cross-Cultural Studies of Dreaming 162
Dreams, Psychology, and the Humanities 167
Dreams, Psychology, and Religion 170
Key Resources in the Study of Dreams 173
Bibliography 177
Index 213
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