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Dreams, Visions, and the Rhetoric of Authority

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John Bickley

In Dreams, Visions, and the Rhetoric of Authority, John Bickley explores the ways dreams and visions in literature function as authorizing devices, both affirming and complicating a text’s authority. After providing a framework for categorizing the diverse genres and modes of dream and vision texts, Bickley demonstrates how the theme of authority and strategies for textual self-authorization play out in four highly influential works: the Book of Daniel, Macrobius’s Commentary on the Dream of Scipio, Julian of Norwich’s Revelations of Love, and Chaucer’s Hous of Fame.

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A Aeneid, 59, 101–103 Alanus de Insulis, 106 Apocalyptic literature, 5, 118–119 Book of Daniel, 30–37 Aquinas, Thomas, 85–89, 93 Aristotle, 85–88 Augustine, 91 Averroism, 88 B Boethius, 7–9, 91, 93, 106, 108 Bonaventure (Giovanni di Fidanza), 85–8...

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