Philosophy, Dreaming and the Literary Imagination

cover-philosophy-dreaming-and-the-literary-imaginationDr Michaela Schrage-Früh‘s new book Philosophy, Dreaming and the Literary Imagination was recently published by Palgrave. 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.

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.

Dr Michaela Schrage-Früh is a lecturer in the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Her areas of academic interest include literature and dreams, contemporary poetry and fiction, and women and ageing studies. She is the author of Emerging Identities: Myth, Nation and Gender in the Poetry of Eavan Boland, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Medbh McGuckian (2004).

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