Dreams in the Western Literary Tradition with Special Reference to Medieval Spain

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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.


“ ... This engaging book is a major contribution to medieval and interdisciplinary studies. A serious scholarly work, the book examines the relationships between oneiric theories and the literary discourse, and it explores new typological methods of analysis of the countless dream accounts found in medieval Spanish literature.” – (From the Preface) José J. Labrador Herraiz, Professor Emeritus, Cleveland State University

“ ... the wealth and variety of dreams in Medieval Spanish literature unearthed by Cerghedean calls for a re-evaluation of related phenomena like poetic allegories and the courtly lovers’ 'nightmares' in Spanish Sentimental Romance. ..." – Professor Robert Folger, University of Munich

“Dr. Gabriela Cerghedean’s study on the medieval oneiric tradition in Spain is an outstanding, well-thought and well-crafted study that will make an essential contribution to the Hispano-Medievalism discipline ... and will become the standard of those interested in analyzing the dream tradition in Medieval Spanish Literature.” – Professor Oscar Martín, Yale University

Table of Contents

Preface by José J. Labrador Herraiz
1. Oneiric Discourse: Traditions, Taxonomies, and Theories from Antiquity throughout the Middle Ages
2. Oneiric Traditions, Taxonomies, and Theories in Medieval Spain
3. Oneiric Discourse in Spanish Medieval Literature

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