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Palgrave Shakespeare Studies
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Dreams, Sleep, and Shakespeare’s Genres

Authors: Fretz, Claude

  • 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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About this book

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 a Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast. He obtained his PhD from the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. He has published journal articles on Shakespeare, dreams, and sleep, and has been a Mercator Fellow in Saarland University’s research centre ‘European Dream-cultures’.

Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-13519-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover ca. $84.99
price for USA
  • Due: September 11, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-13518-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Dreams, Sleep, and Shakespeare’s Genres
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Shakespeare Studies
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-13519-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-13518-8
Edition Number
1
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