Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Le Rêve Médiéval: ÉTudes Littéraires

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Le Rêve Médiéval: ÉTudes Littéraires

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Le Rêve médiéval: Études littéraires, ed. Alain Corbellari and Jean-Yves Tilliette, Recherches et rencontres: Publications de la Faculté de Lettres de l'Université de Genève 25 (Geneva: Droz, 2007). 258 pp. ISBN 978-2-600-01166-2. euro31.00. In a sense, the title is misleading: this is not the medieval dream, but 'medieval dreams'. This is a volume, in other words, that points up the sheer variety of representations of 'dream', largely (but not exclusively) in the French Middle Ages. Of course, there are references to the most famous of medieval dreams: the prophetic and admonitory dreams of the Queste del saint Graal (a nice close analysis, by Claudine Korall, of Bors's dream), the elegant allegories of the Roman de la Rose (Minet-Mahy, in a typically subtle piece). But setting their scene, there are also discussions of monastic dreams and nightmares (Tilliette), an interesting survey of the iconography of dream framed around the Tree of Jesse (Braida), comic dreams (Foehr-Janssens), a nice piece on Jacques de Longuyon's Vaux du Paon, and a survey of dreams in German romance (Wetzel). …

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