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Dream, Creativity, and Madness in Nineteenth-Century France

Tony James

Abstract

This is an important new analysis of the problematic relationship between dreams and madness as perceived by 19th-century French writers, thinkers, and doctors. Those wishing to know the nature of madness, wrote Voltaire, should observe their dreams. The relationship between the dream-state and madness is a key theme of 19th-century European, and specifically French, thought. The meaning of dreams and associated phenomena such as somnambulism, ecstasy, and hallucinations (including those induced by hashish) preoccupied writers, philosophers, and psychiatrists. This book shows how doctors (such ... More

Keywords: dreams, madness, 19th-century French writers, thinkers, doctors, Voltaire, dream-state, somnambulism, ecstasy, hallucinations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198151883
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151883.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tony James, author
University of Manchester

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