Truthful Fictions:How Dreams Can Help You Write

Vakil, Ardashir (Ardu). 2013. Truthful Fictions:How Dreams Can Help You Write. Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 20(4), pp. 415-427. ISSN 1358-684X [Article]

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This article makes a case for recording and using dreams in the teaching of writing. Calling on some well-known statements of Freud and on some recent research, I attempt to show how dreams can provide writers with a route to their unconscious. I also illustrate the role of dreams in furnishing writers with inspiration and source material. I provide examples of writing, both my own poems, and extracts from the work of Coleridge, Byatt, Kafka, Blanchot and Murakami amongst others to show how dreams, the experience of dreaming, and dream-like imagery have been used successfully in literature.

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Research on Dreams in Literature and their relevance to the teaching of Creative Writing.


Creative writing; dreams; surrealism; unconscious

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English and Comparative Literature


December 2013Published

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08 Nov 2013 09:33

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26 Jun 2017 11:02

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