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

Riviere, Janine (2003) "Visions of the night": The reform of popular dream beliefs in early modern England. Parergon, 20(1), pp. 109-138.



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.

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ID Code: 220
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Early Modern England, Dreams, Dream interpretation, Religion
ISSN: 1832-8334
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500) > British and Irish Literature (200503)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > European History (excl. British Classical Greek and Roman) (210307)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting) (190402)
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Please consult author
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2004 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:21

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