Cerghedean, Gabriela Books

Dr. Gabriela Cerghedean is Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Ph.D. in Medieval Spanish Literature from the same university. She has actively participated in various international conferences where she has presented her work, and has published book reviews and electronic transcriptions of La Celestina (Barcelona 1525) and The Crónica Particular del Cid (1512). Dr. Cerghedean’s current research examines the canon and civil legislation, Church Councils, Inquisitorial documents, and treatises of the epoch regarding divination in medieval Spain.

Dreams in the Western Literary Tradition with Special Reference to Medieval Spain
2006 0-7734-5536-1
This book explores the fascinating topic of dreams in Spanish medieval literature. It focuses on three interrelated aspects: the prevalent theories developed by different schools of thought from Antiquity to late Middle Ages, the Spanish treatises, and the legal and catechist documents regarding dreams as presented by influential authors such as Isidore of Seville, Ramón Llull, Fray Lope de Barrientos, Arnald of Villanova, and Pedro Ciruelo, and the analysis of various literary dream accounts, including the Cantar de mío Cid, Razón de amor, Libro de Alexandre, Poema de Fernán González, Vida de Santa Oria, Visión de Alfonso X, and Romance de Doña Alda, according to these oneiric classifications and traditions. The study demonstrates that medieval Spanish literature follows the mainstream intellectual views on dreams, and the poetic predilection towards revelatory dreams is a result of their dominant position and constant resurfacing throughout the centuries.