Dreaming and Historical Consciousness in Island Greece Hardback

by Charles Stewart;


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Dreaming and Historical Consciousness in Island Greece

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What constitutes a history? Is this term to be restricted to the works of recognized historians? Or can information about the past gained through dreams, spirit possession rituals, or dancing performances also count as histories? Instead of dismissing such productions as "myth" or "religion," Charles Stewart contends in Dreaming and Historical Consciousness that our definition of history must be widened. This move is crucial in a global setting where alternative historical practices require appreciation as systems of thought rather than rejection as inferior types of knowledge. Villagers on the Greek island of Naxos have long experienced dreams of saints directing them to dig up buried objects. These dreams impelled the villagers to become both archaeologists and historians striving to uncover a past that would alter their future. Dreaming and Historical Consciousness elucidates these dreams of the past-present-future in terms of local cosmology and theorizes them as existential expressions of the struggle for agency. This ethnography of historical consciousness offers new insight into how people imagine the past, consciously and unconsciously, in daily life.

Dreaming and Historical Consciousness in Island Greece by Charles Stewart was published by Harvard Department of the Classics in August 2012. The ISBN for Dreaming and Historical Consciousness in Island Greece is 9780983532224.

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Page last updated 27th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherHarvard Department of the Classics (August 2012)
Weight666g
Number of Pages278
Thickness15 mm
Height210 mm
Width140 mm
ISBN9780983532224
ISBN-100983532222
Product Code4451663
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