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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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Introduction: Dreams, Visions, and the Rhetoric of Authority

Dreams and Authority

Emphasis and Scope

Structure of the Study and Key Terms

Chapter 1: The Authority of Form: Dream and Vision Genres

Authenticity and Artifice

Authentic Dreams and Visions

Literary Dreams and Visions

Dream Sequences

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