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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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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data: 2018011188

Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de/.

ISBN 978-1-4331-5449-2 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4331-5450-8 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-5451-5 (epub) ISBN 978-1-4331-5452-2 (mobi) DOI 10.3726/b13332

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