Dreams in Myth, Medicine, and Movies

by Sharon Packer

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August 2002


Pages 248
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Psychology/General
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Cinema—invented just before psychoanalysis formally developed—primed the public and scholars to rethink ideas about dreams. The author describes how surrealist artists purposely applied Freudian dream theories to their art to make the public aware of modern ideas about dreams. Most of our current cultural consciousness about the psychological value of dreams is traced to classical and contemporary cinema. This work examines how residuals of past approaches to dreams make conceptions of dreams in psychoanalysis and science more complex than ever today.

Scholars and students in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, cinema, medicine, and religion may find this volume useful. The book also examines academic psychiatry's increased emphasis in dream study on neuropsychiatry and psychopharmocology, as well as managed care's decreased compensation for dream therapy.

Table of Contents

PrefaceBefore We BeginDreams and DefinitionsMyth and MeaningFilm and PhotographyCinema and CyberspaceSleep and Social ControlSleep and Sci-FiDeities and DemonsShamans and SorcerersReason and RomanceSymbolism and SurrealismPsyche and SoulBody and BrainForetelling the FutureBibliography



Encyclopedic in scope, this information-packed book traces civilization's interest in dreams from ancient times into the current century....Essential. All academic and professional collections.—Choice

...a highly readable survy of how dreams are interpreted and analzed by different cultures throughout the ages.—New York Press vol 15, issue 47


Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2003

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