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This volume presents essays on the history of dreams and nightmares, particularly focusing on how these have been visualized and how and why these visualizations change. Using the concept of dream-culture, the book explores dreams of fear and joy throughout history, examining their context in myth and lived experience through their imagery and their significance in art, literature, magic, and religion.

Terrors of the Night-Dr. Louise S. Milne

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  • Louise Milne is a visual anthropologist, filmmaker, and leading scholar in the history of dreams. She has been working and teaching in Edinburgh since the mid-1990s, playing an instrumental role in developing various undergraduate and graduate programs at Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh Napier University. One of her scholarly contributions is "Carnivals & Dreams. Pieter Bruegel and the History of the Imagination", a comprehensive study on the 16th-century Renaissance artist, with research funded by Leverhulme. A second edition, currently in revision, has received financial support from the Carnegie and Scouloudi trusts.


    • Dreams among the Inuit
    • The night-riders of Renaissance Europe
    • The figure of the mermaid-siren
    • Battle madness and shape-shifting
    • Twentieth-century outsider artists and the invention of the modern nightmare
    • Charms and curses from antiquity to the present day
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