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"Without any artifice": Dreaming and the conventions of early autobiography in Girolamo Cardano’s De vita propria liber
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2469-6431
2014 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper argues that the dream narratives in Girolamo Cardano’s autobiography De vita proper liber (written 1575) share important characteristics with the didactic and exemplary uses of dreams in late classical and medieval hagiography. While not a piece of hagiography in itself, Cardano’s book features dreams with a particularly rich indebtedness to Christian and hagiographic devices such as the “upward ascent” narrative also found in saints’ dreams. Moreover, Cardano’s dreams, the Christian element of which has been underplayed by scholars, also posit the dreamer as a mediator between God and audience in ways that my article relates to the exemplary force in divine dreams. Thus, in the extension the paper also deals with how to mediate dreams (editing them, writing them down, conferring authority on them) and investigates the social and intellectual processes through which dreams achieved status as “true” or “prophetic”.

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2014.
Keyword [en]
Girolamo Cardano, dreams in literature, early modern literature, autobiography, hagiography
National Category
Humanities General Literature Studies
Research subject
Humanities, English literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-35398OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-35398DiVA: diva2:727106
Conference
Hagiographies: Biography, Hagiography and Fictional Lives
Available from: 2014-06-19 Created: 2014-06-19 Last updated: 2015-05-26Bibliographically approved

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