Forme et fonction de l'énoncé onirique dans le texte médiéval: L'exemple du décaméron

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The purpose of this essay is twofold. Through the close examination of several stories of Boccaccio's Decameron, I wish to demonstrate that literary dream sequences can be read as mises-en-abyme both on the diegetical and metatextual levels. I also wish to undo the claim according to which this particular ekphrastic device develops mainly in modern narratives. My intention is to show, on the contrary, how mises-en-abyme, and dream sequences too, belong to a long epic tradition and a large corpus of medieval texts in which notions such as the displacement of the subject and self-conscious narration, generally associated with modernity, are already being performed.

Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)555-568
Number of pages14
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

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  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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