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Histories of Dreams and Dreaming

An Interdisciplinary Perspective

  • Giorgia Morgese
  • Giovanni Pietro Lombardo
  • Hendrika Vande Kemp
  • Offers new insights into the history of how dreams became the objects of scientific study

  • Sheds light on an overlooked body of scientific research on dreams from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries

  • Appeals to scholars and students interested in dream research, the history of science, and the history of psychology


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

About the editors

Giorgia Morgese is Teaching Professor of General Psychology in the Department of Human Science, LUMSA University of Rome, and staff member of Archivio di Storia della Psicologia, Sapienza University of Rome.

Giovanni Pietro Lombardo is Full Professor of the History of Science and Scientific Manager of Archivio di Storia della Psicologia, Sapienza University of Rome.

Hendrika Vande Kemp is a clinical psychologist, family therapist, and historian of psychology. Formerly a professor of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, she is now an independent scholar and is currently writing a book about Lydiard Horton.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Histories of Dreams and Dreaming
  • Book Subtitle An Interdisciplinary Perspective
  • Editors Giorgia Morgese
    Giovanni Pietro Lombardo
    Hendrika Vande Kemp
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology
  • DOI
  • 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
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-16529-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-16532-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-16530-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 343
  • Number of Illustrations 22 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Science
    History of Psychology
    Social History
    Cultural History
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