Dreams of Authority: Freud and the Fictions of the Unconscious

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Cornell University Press, 1990 - Literary Criticism - 308 pages
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In this book, Ronald R. Thomas investigates the rich connection between dreams and the novel in nineteenth-century British culture. By mapping out the paradigmatic plot that informs the dream in Victorian literature, Thomas demonstrates the powerful relationship underlying two critical issues: Freud?s use of literature to support his psychological theories and the thematic importance of dreams in nineteenth-century fiction, particularly gothic, autobiographical, and detective genres.
  

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Contents

Dreams of Authority and the Authority of Dreams
17
The Novel in The Interpretation of Dreams
24
Poetry and Prose in Wordsworths Arab Dream
47
Dreams of Power in Alice in Wonderland
55
Dreams of Profit in A Christmas Carol
61
Demons and Disease in Frankenstein
81
Symptoms and Confessions of an English OpiumEater
99
Dreams and Disorders in Wuthering Heights
112
Balancing Accounts in Great Expectations
170
The Missing Dream in The Moonstone
203
The Unintelligible Dream in The Mystery of Edwin Drood
219
The Solution of Dreams in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll
237
Forging the Dream Work in 4 Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
264
Losing the Thread of the Dream in Becketts Trilogy
280
Bibliography
291
Index
303

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148

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About the author (1990)

Thomas is Professor of English and Vice President of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

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