Chaucer's dream visions & the mystical traditions of Islam. (c2011)

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dc.contributor.author Mahmassani, Natalie
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-09T09:34:53Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-09T09:34:53Z
dc.date.copyright 2011 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-03-09
dc.date.submitted 2011-10-20
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/1090
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 101-110). en_US
dc.description.abstract Dreaming is a form of sleeping experience that simulates waking experience: it occupies the whole field of consciousness and is extended in the dimensions of space and time; but it has a number of characteristics that differentiate it from being awake. Though sometimes extremely vivid, dreaming is in general elusive, and less easily remembered than waking experience. Further, it is not under the control of our conscious will: we cannot decide whether to dream or what to dream, and when dreaming we seem to be less in command of what happens than in waking life. Two features of dreaming have relevance here, the use of dreams as frames for or events in fictional narratives. First, dreaming feels charged with significance: unlike events in waking life, nothing in a dream seems to be trivial or unimportant. Second, dreaming does not make sense in the same way as waking life (Spearing). I believe the connection between Chaucer’s dream visions and the mystical/Sufi way of looking at dreams can be made because of the similarities between the two. Chaucer was writing at a time when the Church had strong influence and therefore his writing had a moral vein running throughout, as well as a satirical aspect that mocked issues/people that he didn’t necessarily approve of. It is my intention to show that by using a mystical/Sufi approach to his dream visions that Chaucer’s dream visions had a moral religious vein (rather than an attitude that promoted Church obedience) that was more dominant than what meets the eye. This connection is worthwhile because it will provide my readers with a new way of looking at, and analyzing, Chaucer’s dream visions and in this way, provide new interpretations and meanings to be considered. I intend to do this by looking at each of Chaucer’s dream visions and their more orthodox interpretation, followed by looking at some examples of Eastern literature and their accepted interpretation. After this, I intend to examine the common elements between the two areas and see how they can both be examined from a mystical/Sufi point of view. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Chaucer, Geoffrey -- d. 1400 -- Criticism and interpretation en_US
dc.subject Hafiz -- 14th cent. -- Diwan en_US
dc.subject Attar, Farid al-Din -- d. ca. 1230 -- Conference of the birds en_US
dc.subject Dreams in literature en_US
dc.subject Visions in literature en_US
dc.subject Sufi literature en_US
dc.subject Comparative literature en_US
dc.title Chaucer's dream visions & the mystical traditions of Islam. (c2011) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.term.submitted Fall en_US
dc.author.degree MA in Comparative Literature en_US
dc.author.school Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200200091 en_US
dc.author.commembers Dr. Vahid Behmardi
dc.author.commembers Dr. Nada Saab
dc.author.woa OA en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 bound copy: xi, 110 leaves; 30 cm. available at RNL. en_US
dc.author.division Comparative Literature en_US
dc.author.advisor Dr. Kristiaan Aercke
dc.keywords Chaucer en_US
dc.keywords Sufism en_US
dc.keywords Dreams en_US
dc.keywords Attar en_US
dc.keywords Hafiz en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2011.53 en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US

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