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The Representations Of Emotions Connected To Dreams And Visions In Pre-Carolingian Continental And Anglo-Latin Narratives

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This chapter examines the problematic relationship between the influence of patristic theological ideas and that of literary conventions on early medieval (hagiographical) narratives, and the ways in which the intended nature and use of the individual texts may have affected the balance of these influences. It begins by reviewing the philosophical and theological ideas of Antiquity about the role of emotions in dreams and visions. The chapter discusses two distinct ideas of - or models for - the significance of fear in visionary phenomena, mainly on the basis of Merovingian texts, before discussing these models and related problems of interpretation in pre-Carolingian Anglo-Latin narratives. It argues that early medieval dream narratives owe little to classical oneirocritical theory. The chapter also examines the Anglo-Latin material to illustrate some of the complexities in the interplay between theories and models, as well as the secondariness of these concerns.

Keywords: Anglo-Latin narratives; early medieval narratives; Merovingian texts; patristic theological ideas; pre-Carolingian



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