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Dreams in the Western Literary Tradition with Special Reference to Medieval Spain: A Method for Interpreting Oneiric Texts
Cerghedean, Gabriela


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.


“ ... 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

ISBN10:  0-7734-5536-1   ISBN13:  978-0-7734-5536-8    Pages:  276    Year:  2006   

Series: hors série Number: 0

Subject Areas:  Comparative Literature - Literature, General Literature & Art -- Medieval, Hispanic/Spanish - Literature, History - Spain, Medieval & Renaissance - History,

Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press

USA List Price: $139.95 UK List Price: £ 94.95  

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