Studies in honor of Eddo Rigotti
Edited By Giovanni Gobber and Andrea Rocci
Carlo Cipolli: The narrative structure of dreams
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The narrative structure of dreams
CARLO CIPOLLI, University of Bologna
In everyday life people usually realise that their dreams (as recalled in the morning) have “created” new stories out of nothing. Indeed, within the storylines of their dreams, individuals can recognize that concerns, characters and objects of recent or remote waking-life events (so-called “mnestic sources” of dream contents) are combined in a much more novel manner than simple collages. Moreover, dreams usually show life-like temporal and causal (albeit non-volitional: Rechstchaffen 1978) features, which are common to waking narratives (i.e., oral, written, or imaged descriptions of events communicated to listeners or readers).
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