Philosophy, Dreaming and the Literary Imagination

  • Michaela Schrage-Früh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Michaela Schrage-Früh
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 269-305

About this book


This book explores the intersections between dreaming and the literary imagination, in light of the findings of recent neurocognitive and empirical research, with the aim to lay a groundwork for an empirically informed aesthetic of dreaming. Drawing on perspectives from literary theory, philosophy of mind and dream research, this study investigates dreaming in relation to creativity and waking states of imagination such as writing and reading stories. Exploring the similarities and differences between the 'language' of dreams and the language of literature, it analyses the strategies employed by writers to create a sense of dream in literary fiction as well as the genres most conducive to this endeavour. The book closes with three case studies focusing on texts by Kazuo Ishiguro, Clare Boylan and John Banville to illustrate the diverse ways in which writers succeed in 'translating' the experience and 'language' of the dream.       


literary theory creativity language cognitive science mind philosophy of literature

Authors and affiliations

  • Michaela Schrage-Früh
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LimerickLimerickIreland

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