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"Visions of the night": The reform of popular dream beliefs in early modern England

By Janine Riviere

Abstract

In seventeenth-century England a heated debate about dreams arose, centring on their orthodoxy and significance as supernatural or spiritual experiences. Critics of dream interpretation and prophetic dreams came to view collective beliefs as the 'superstitious, 'enthusiastic' and 'ignorant' follies of the so called 'vulgar', arguing instead that dreams were the meaningless by-products of the imagination. The controversy surrounding dreams was primarily religious and reflective of contemporary concerns about religious orthodoxy and the social order

Topics: 200503 British and Irish Literature, 210307 European History (excl. British Classical Greek and Roman), 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting), Early Modern England, Dreams, Dream interpretation, Religion
Publisher: Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Year: 2003
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:220
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