In Europe and North and South America during the early modern
period, people believed that their dreams might be, variously,
messages from God, the machinations of demons, visits from the
dead, or visions of the future. Interpreting their dreams in much
the same ways as their ancient and medieval forebears had done-and
often using the dream-guides their predecessors had
written-dreamers rejoiced in heralds of good fortune and consulted
physicians, clerics, or practitioners of magic when their visions
waxed ominous. Dreams, Dreamers, and Visions traces the
role of dreams and related visionary experiences in the cultures
within the Atlantic world from the late thirteenth to early
seventeenth centuries, examining an era of cultural encounters and
transitions through this unique lens.
In the wake of Reformation-era battles over religious authority and
colonial expansion into Asia, Africa, and the Americas, questions
about truth and knowledge became particularly urgent and debate
over the meaning and reliability of dreams became all the more
relevant. Exploring both indigenous and European methods of
understanding dream phenomena, this volume argues that visions were
central to struggles over spiritual and political authority.
Featuring eleven original essays, Dreams, Dreamers, and
Visions explores the ways in which reports and interpretations
of dreams played a significant role in reflecting cultural shifts
and structuring historic change.
Contributors: Emma Anderson, Mary Baine Campbell,
Luis Corteguera, Matthew Dennis, Carla Gerona, María V Jordán, Luís
Filipe Silvério Lima, Phyllis Mack, Ann Marie Plane, Andrew Redden,
Janine Rivière, Leslie Tuttle, Anthony F. C. Wallace.
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