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‘To dream that you kiss a person signifies loss’: Interpreting Erotic Dreams in Early Modern England
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2469-6431
2012 (English)Conference paper, (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper focuses on erotic dreams in early modern English culture. Its main suggestion is that descriptions and interpretations of erotic dreams until the seventeenth century operated on a symbolic rather than sexual level, i.e., erotic dream content was commonly seen as signifying something “outside” sex itself. In line with this observation, the paper tracks a general tendency for dreams to lose in epistemological prestige in the seventeenth century and increasingly emphasize the individual’s inner life rather than implications of angelic messages or predictions of the future. Arguably, the individual’s sexuality is at the focus of this change, foreshadowing in important ways later developments in e.g. Freudian psychoanalysis. Although thus providing a broad and general perspective on its topic, the paper offers more specific discussion of works of dream interpretation such as Thomas Hill’s The Most Pleasant Art of the Interpretation of Dreams (1576) as well as literary texts by Lyly and Spenser.

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2012.
Keyword [en]
dreams, Simon Forman, early modern literature, early modern dream theory
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Humanities
Research subject
Humanities, English literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-22178OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-22178DiVA: diva2:562249
Conference
Inaugural Conference for The Nordic Network for Renaissance Studies, Copenhagen, 10-12 October, 2012
Available from: 2012-10-23 Created: 2012-10-23 Last updated: 2015-05-26Bibliographically approved

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