The consciousness of dreaming, music and the world

Editor(s) Ruth Finnegan

Language: English

Genre(s): Philosophy

  • March 2017 · 288 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Hardback - 9781786830005
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786830012
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786830029
  • · Paperback - 9781786830760

About The Book

This study of dreaming, death and shared consciousness develops a context that is humanistic, comparative and evidence-based in its engagement with the work of cultural anthropology, ethnomusicology and the study of the imagination. It also reaches into current research on consciousness at the interface of neuroscience, anthropology, sociology, musicology, computer studies, psychology/parapsychology, literature and cognitive studies, in the process of drawing its content from a range of original writing from diverse disciplinary and cultural backgrounds.


‘This is a marvellous book, in more than one sense. Building on earlier work by her and others on storytelling, communication, and community, this edited volume by Ruth Finnegan follows the ordinary experiences of everyday life to venture into questions beyond the ordinary, in the domain of the mystical and the enchanted, as an inquiry about imagination and the human mind.’
-Professor Amy Shuman, The Ohio State University


‘There’, Ruth Finnegan,
Walking with dragons, Tim Ingold
The double language of dreaming, Barbara Tedlock
Home as dream space, Kate Pahl
In the land of dreams: wives, husbands and dreaming, Irma-Ritta Järvinen and Senni Timonen
Pre-dreaming: telepathy, prophecy and trance, Gerd Baumann with Walo Subsin and doctoral students
Trance and sacred language in religious Daoism, Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew
Everyday trancing and musical daydreams, Ruth Herbert
An angel of modernity: Karlheinz Stockhausen's musical vision, Morag Josephine Grant,
How do singers and other groups synchronise to form communities? Guy Hayward
The un-speak-able language of united sensing: taste the wine! Gianmarco Navarini
Then… Ruth Finnegan
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About the Editor(s)

Author(s): Ruth Finnegan

Ruth Finnegan, FBA, Emeritus Professor at the Open University, has an extensive academic publishing record, and is the prize-winning author of the novel Black inked pearl and its fairytale prequel, Pearl of the Seas.

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