Workshop as part of the International Comparative Literature Association Congress
Paris, France, July 18 - 24, 2013


Writing the dream / Écrire le rêve


The dream as a basic anthropological phenomenon has continuously fascinated and puzzled people in all cultures and ages, as it confronts us with a "second" reality, which is obviously very different from that of our waking lives. This difference has led to the use, elaboration, maybe even invention of a multitude of devices (like the fantastic, the grotesque, the absurd, metamorphosis, écriture automatique, defamiliarisation/alienation-effects, symbolism/semiotics, allegorical patterns, anti-realistic writing, etc.) in order to do justice to the "other" of the dream, but also to attempts to reduce its otherness, to domesticate and normalize it.
The workshop will be devoted to all sorts of dream-narrations: in diaries, letters, dream-diaries, medical or psychological case-studies, and all kinds of literary works (dream satires, dream allegories, dream travels, dreams in narratives, novels, plays and poems). We are looking for systematic papers on the poetics of the dream (fictional or non-fictional) and for case-studies of literary or non-literary dreams. The latter should concentrate on the comparison of two or three dream-texts of different types (e.g. fictional/non fictional, different literary periods, different languages and cultures, different literary kinds).




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 Provisional Programme


Fri, Jul 19. 2013, 13:30 - 15:00 (salle 125)
M. Engel: Towards a poetics of the literary dream
B. Dieterle: Rêve, sciences du rêve et poésie lyrique
R. Robertson: Heine, Dora, Freud: dreams as literature


227 Atelier / Workshop, Mon, Jul 22. 2013, 13:30 - 15:00
H. Schmidt-Hannisa: The dream record as a literary genre
Y. Wuebben: Recording dreams: writing-practices in literature and psychiatry.
M. Guthmüller : Les rêves dans les observations cliniques du XIXe siècle


228 Atelier / Workshop Tue, Jul 23. 2013, 13:30 - 15:00
M. Schmitz-Emans: Jean Paul's dream narratives and strategies of their artistic visualization
J. Blank: King Morpheus and his realm: the shaping of dreamworlds in the "Little Nemo" comic strips and the "Sandman" series
D. Lauterbach: Nightmares and existential fear: some thoughts on the poetics of bad dreams in 20th-century literature.


229 Atelier / Workshop/Wed, Jul 24. 2013, 13:30 - 15:00
T. Shango Lokoho: L'invention du rêve ou l'autre scène du récit africain : autour du rêve dans «Le Cercle des Tropiques», «Le jeune homme de sable» et «L'étrange destin de Wangrin».
Z. Longxi: Dream and allegory: cross-cultural perspectives
F. Hintereder-Emde: Literary dreams in the works of Natsume Soseki at the threshold of Japanese modernity


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