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Visions of the night : dreams, religion, and psychology
Bulkeley, Kelly, 1962-
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Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, [1999]

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ix, 217 pages 24 cm.

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A wide-ranging exploration of the spiritual and scientific dimensions of dreaming.

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Kelly Bulkeley is Leemer in the Religions Studies Department. Santa Clara University.

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Bulkeley, past president of the Association for the Study of Dreams, a group advancing interdisciplinary interpretive dream research, uses this series of essays to address four broad questions: what is the role of dreaming in human development? why do dreams respond so creatively to waking life? what is the relationship of dreaming to politics? and is it possible to know with certainty if dreams are revealing spiritual truth? Combining scholarship from religion, literary interpretation, and psychology, Bulkeley examines such issues as the neurological and religious explanations of dreams; transformative "root metaphor" dreams; dream sharing; and dreaming as play. Dreams from across time and cultures, including those from such works as Gilgamesh, The Mahabharata; The Ramayana, and Richard III, as well as the more recent film images found in A Nightmare on Elm Street, are interpreted within a framework that sees dreams as capable of providing spiritual insight into personal and collective struggles and crises. The last section includes an extensive interdisciplinary bibliographic essay on dreams and dreaming. Recommended for large libraries supporting interdisciplinary collections. Upper-division undergraduates and above. K. M. McKinley; Cabrini College

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: The Varieties of Religious Dream Experiencep. 1
1. Root Metaphor Dreamsp. 7
2. Dreaming and Conversionp. 15
3. Where Do Dreams Come From?p. 23
4. Sharing Dreams in Community Settingsp. 31
5. Dreams and Environmental Ethicsp. 39
6. Dreaming in a Totalitarian Society: A Winnicottian Reading of Charlotte Beradt's The Third Reich of Dreamsp. 47
7. Dreaming Is Play: A Response to Freudp. 59
8. Gods, REMS, and What Neurology Has to Say about the Religious Meanings of Dreamsp. 67
9. The Evil Dreams of Gilgamesh: Interpreting Dreams in Mythological Textsp. 77
10. Wisdom's Refuge in the Night: Dreams in The Mahabharata, The Ramayana, and Richard IIIp. 93
11. Dreamily Deconstructing the Dream Factory: The Wizard of Oz and A Nightmare on Elm Streetp. 103
12. Dreams within Films, Films within Dreamsp. 111
13. Dreaming in Russia, August 1991p. 119
Postscript on Dreams, Religion, and Psychological Studiesp. 129
Bibliographical Essaysp. 131
Freud and Psychoanalysisp. 131
Jung and Analytic Psychologyp. 134
Alternative Clinical Theories about Dreamsp. 137
Sleep Laboratory Research on REM Sleep and Dreamingp. 139
Dreaming and Cognitionp. 141
Content Analysisp. 144
Nightmaresp. 146
Children's Dreamsp. 148
Gender and Sexualityp. 151
Popular Psychologyp. 154
Lucid Dreamingp. 157
Paranormal Dreamsp. 160
Cross-Cultural Studies of Dreamingp. 162
Dreams, Psychology, and the Humanitiesp. 167
Dreams, Psychology, and Religionp. 170
Key Resources in the Study of Dreamsp. 173
Bibliographyp. 177
Indexp. 213