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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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Conclusion

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151883.003.0023

This chapter begins by summarizing the discussions in the preceding chapters. It argues that there is a sense in which the paradigm which separates waking from sleeping and, by implication, dreaming from reality, is breached in art as it is in madness: the work is a product born of dreams and of waking life, of ‘automatism’ and of judgement, and it exists in a place where dreaming and waking are found together. The chapter then addresses the question of what becomes of this paradigm in the 20th century.

Keywords:   dreaming, hallucinations, art, madness, waking

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