[Last minute CFP] Seeing Things: Dreams, Visions and Hallucinations/ NeMLA 2010 | cfp.english.upenn.edu
by Jessica C. Murphy
This panel explores the connections between reality and imagined or imaginary worlds by examining the ways in which sight, and in particular the seeing of things that are not present or do not exist, contributes to knowledge and understanding. The faculty of vision is often a metaphor for understanding and learning, and the mystical or otherworldly vision represents not only an explanation for the integration and processing of new information into an older worldview, but a metaphorical space in which personal growth can be demonstrated through “seeing” new connections and truths. From medieval mystics like Mechthild of Magdeburg whose understanding of the divine proceeded from their visions, and works of dream-allegory like Piers Plowman or dreams of the Otherworld from Old Irish literature to Freud’s Die Traumdeutung The Interpretation of Dreams, the Wizard of Oz, or the vision of Black Elk Speaks, dreams and visions are linked not only to their own otherworldly contexts but to understanding and truth in the waking or lucid context. This panel focuses on this intersection. How do our “real” worldviews come through in narratives of dreams or visions? How do stories of hallucinatory experiences provide information about non-hallucinatory ones? How can one tell, either as a literary subject or as a consumer of literature, where the realms of reality and dream or vision begin and end?
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