The purpose of this essay is twofold. Through the close examination of several stories of Boccaccio'sDecameron, I wish to demonstrate that literary dream sequences can be read asmises-en-abyme both on the diegetical and metatextual levels. I also wish to undo the claim according to which this particular ekphrastic device develops mainly in modern narratives. My intention is to show, on the contrary, howmises-en-abyme, and dream sequences too, belong to a long epic tradition and a large corpus of medieval texts in which notions such as the displacement of the subject and self-conscious narration, generally associated with modernity, are already being performed.
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Canovas, F. Forme et fonction de l'énoncé onirique dans le texte médiéval: L'exemple duDécaméron . Neophilologus 80, 555–568 (1996). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00410675