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Palgrave Shakespeare Studies

Dreams, Sleep, and Shakespeare’s Genres

Authors: Fretz, Claude

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  • Argues that Shakespeare used ideas of dreams and sleep as part of his reconception of comedy, tragedy, tragicomedy, and romance
  • Examines the previously unexplored relationship between dreams, sleep, and dramatic genre  
  • Provides historical-contextual insights that move beyond the Freudian approach seen in many modern studies
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This book explores how Shakespeare uses images of dreams and sleep to define his dramatic worlds. Surveying Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, histories, and late plays, it argues that Shakespeare systematically exploits early modern physiological, religious, and political understandings of dreams and sleep in order to reshape conventions of dramatic genre, and to experiment with dream-inspired plots.
The book discusses the significance of dreams and sleep in early modern culture, and explores the dramatic opportunities that this offered to Shakespeare and his contemporaries. It also offers new insights into how Shakespeare adapted earlier literary models of dreams and sleep – including those found in classical drama, in medieval dream visions, and in native English dramatic traditions. The book appeals to academics, students, teachers, and practitioners in the fields of literature, drama, and cultural history, as well as to general readers interested in Shakespeare’s works and their cultural context.

About the authors

Claude Fretz is Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast, UK, and Associate Fellow of the research centre ‘European Dream-Cultures’ at Saarland University, Germany. He obtained his PhD from the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. He has published on Shakespeare, representations of dreams and sleep in early modern literature, and Restoration drama.

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“A deft, rigorous and thrilling analysis of dreams and sleep in Shakespeare’s drama, informed by a unique interdisciplinary focus on dream theory, medical history, classical theatre, medieval literature, early modern dramatic traditions, anthropological enquiry, folklore and genre studies. This book is a veritable cabinet of wonders which opens up early modern cultures of dreaming in new and exciting ways, enriched by Fretz’s exploration of the manner in which Shakespeare sometimes subtly, sometimes radically, reframes dream motifs in order to challenge generic conventions and test the limits of dramatic possibility. This marvellous study both refreshes and redefines its field.” (Chris Laoutaris, Lecturer at the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK, and author of Shakespeare and the Countess: The Battle that Gave Birth to the Globe)

“This thoughtful and well-written book explores the deep connection between Shakespeare’s dramatic worlds and his use of images of dreams and sleep. It makes especially good use of the dream interpretation books of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries and connects Shakespeare’s work to much other Renaissance drama, including a fine discussion of John Lyly’s Endymion. Much of the value of the book is the way the author examines and analyzes the classical influences on Shakespeare’s work. Fretz’s knowledge of classical literature is remarkable.” (Carole Levin, Willa Cather Professor of History and Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook 58,84 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-13519-5
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Hardcover 72,79 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Dreams, Sleep, and Shakespeare’s Genres
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Shakespeare Studies
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-13519-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-13519-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-13518-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 268
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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