Anthropological studies of the dreams of the Tuareg have been limited to a 'dream key' based on twenty-two dreams gathered by Charles de Foucauld (de Foucauld and Motylinski 1984 ), two reported by Casajus (1989), some references to herbalists' dreams and an article by Susan Rasmussen (Rasmussen 2006; 2015), as well as oneiric
material resulting from my own fieldwork linked to the lives of poets and violinists (Dragani 2012; 2016).
11 In the Mariner's story, which is by and large an oneiric
experience (Nitchie 874), his dream symbols reflect the condition of his inner world:
Lemon argues that Ryder's "uncanny ability to eavesdrop on the internal thought processes and private recollections of other characters" and his "godlike omniscience regarding events and exchanges that take place out of sight and earshot" do not "conform to oneiric
experience" and "[undermine] the notion that the fragments of Ryder's psyche represented by the people, places, and objects around him can be pieced together to form a coherent whole.
Ruth's creation of a safe dream-home for herself and Peg is not only a response to her own unstable childhood home, but is also related to Bachelard's concept of the oneiric
The brief narrator's prologue to A Reliquia that justifies his memoirs and prepares the reader for his oneiric
voyage, placing the "heavy vestments of History .
Although they are abstract in their language, Writer's canvases create a distinct community of brush-strokes, palette and a somewhat oneiric
But Scharf's paintings, for all their oneiric
strangeness, don't work on you the way Surrealist paintings do.
The first section, "Dallo ieri all'oggi," opens with Marco Brunazzi's "Bachalom: narrare la storia dopo lo Shoah," which addresses the unstable boundary between the traumatic and the oneiric
The out-of-body, otherworldly experience of trance provides an oneiric
mirror for an alternative view of one's self, subject formation, and reinterpreting identity.
Accordingly, the first half of this study makes a case for a literary-critical approach for interpreting oneiric
anecdotes in early Islamic historiography.
This is not surprising, given that they defy conventional patterns of plot and narrative, relying instead on a prose style which is characterized by poetic abstraction and a renewed interest in the oneiric
, no doubt heavily influenced by French surrealism.
For the reader, therefore, the hint of an oneiric
provenance is more significant and constitutive.