Histories of Dreams and Dreaming

An Interdisciplinary Perspective

  • Giorgia Morgese
  • Giovanni Pietro Lombardo
  • Hendrika Vande Kemp

About this book


In the late nineteenth century, dreams became the subject of scientific study for the first time, after thousands of years of being considered a primarily spiritual phenomenon. Before Freud and the rise of psychoanalytic interpretation as the dominant mode of studying dreams, an international group of physicians, physiologists, and psychiatrists pioneered scientific models of dreaming. Collecting data from interviews, structured observation, surveys, and their own dream diaries, these scholars produced a large body of early research on the sleeping brain in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This book uncovers an array of case studies from this overlooked period of dream scholarship. With contributors working across the disciplines of psychology, history, literature, and cultural studies, it highlights continuities and ruptures in the history of scientific inquiry into dreams.


Dream studies History of dreaming Freud Psychoanalysis Psychology of dreams history of dream research The science of sleep Drugs and dreaming Neuroscience Historiometry dream research Thomas De Quincey Sante De Sanctis history of psychology dissociation in dreams dream interpretation Lydiard Horton dreams and trauma

Editors and affiliations

  • Giorgia Morgese
    • 1
  • Giovanni Pietro Lombardo
    • 2
  • Hendrika Vande Kemp
    • 3
  1. 1.Sapienza University of RomeRomeItaly
  2. 2.Sapienza University of RomeRomeItaly
  3. 3.DurhamUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-16529-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-16530-7
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