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Cultural Politics, Socioaesthetics, Beginnings: Harvard Early Modern and Modern Greek Studies #04: 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.

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Directed by their dreams to dig up buried objects, villagers on the Greek island of Naxos have long acted as archaeologists and historians and striven to uncover a past that would alter their future. This ethnography of historical consciousness widens our definition of history and offers new insight into how people imagine the past in daily life.

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A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2013

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Charles Stewart is Reader in Anthropology at University College London.

University College London

Product Details

ISBN:
9780983532224
Author:
Stewart, Charles
Publisher:
Harvard University Department of the Classics
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Greece
Subject:
World History-Greece
Subject:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
Subject:
Social Science-Customs & Traditions
Copyright:
Series:
Cultural Politics, Socioaesthetics, Beginnings
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
20120813
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 black and white photographs, 1 map
Pages:
278
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Europe
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » World History » Greece

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"Synopsis" by , Directed by their dreams to dig up buried objects, villagers on the Greek island of Naxos have long acted as archaeologists and historians and striven to uncover a past that would alter their future. This ethnography of historical consciousness widens our definition of history and offers new insight into how people imagine the past in daily life.
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