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Dream, Creativity, and Madness in Nineteenth-Century France$
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Tony James

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198151883

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151883.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Dream, Creativity, and Madness in Nineteenth-Century France

Tony James

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter sets out the central theme of the book, namely the relationship between dreams and madness: the mental state called dreaming corresponds to madness, and is therefore the antithesis of reason and beauty; nevertheless it may on occasion come to the aid of reason (problem-solving) or help bring a work of art into being. The chapter then goes on to formulate the ‘paradigm’ of sleep and waking which prevailed in the 19th century.

Keywords:   dreams, dreaming, madness, problem-solving, waking, paradigm

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