Judgement and Dream

  • Wilson Harris
Part of the Cambridge Commonwealth Series book series (CAMCOM)


A judgement began to secrete itself in the work I was writing because of the ways in which I revised the work as I was writing it. I revised it by carefully scanning the drafts that I wrote and as I was doing so, I would discover there images that seemed to have been planted by another hand, and I would revise the drafts through those images. My own belief is that such images come out of the unconscious, out of the world’s unconscious. But there are two specific matters that one has to look at, because one cannot generalize about the unconscious. First of all, such images must relate to one’s background and to all sorts of apparently vague premises which exist in one’s background. On the other hand, because they come out of the unconscious it means that they have a universality. In other words, what is native, what is profoundly native, relates to what is profoundly universal.


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    Wilson Harris, Palace of the Peacock (1960), in The Guyana Quartet (London: Faber and Faber, 1985) 13.Google Scholar
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    Wilson Harris, ‘Adversarial Contexts and Creativity’, New Left Review, 154 (1985) 124–8.Google Scholar
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    Wilson Harris, Carnival (London: Faber and Faber, 1985) 26.Google Scholar

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