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Upcoming Folger Exhibition: To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

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  • Michael Robinson
    To Sleep, Perchance to Dream Details: Curator(s): Carole Levin and Garrett Sullivan Sleeping and dreaming were topics of abiding fascination to the early
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      To Sleep, Perchance to Dream
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      Curator(s): Carole Levin and Garrett Sullivan

      Sleeping and dreaming were topics of abiding fascination to the early
      modern English. Some viewed dreams as spiritual visions, the way God
      spoke to humans; others turned to them for evidence of the sinister
      actions of witches. Dreams were held to predict the future, or show
      what was occurring far away. Perhaps more surprisingly, sleep was also
      believed to reveal hidden truths. A person's physical, emotional or
      spiritual condition (if not all three at once) could be registered in
      details such as whether she slept on her side or back; at home or
      abroad; during the day or night; or with socks on or off.

      Dates & Times:
      February 19–May 30, 2009 10am–5pm
      Monday–Saturday

      Folger Shakespeare Library -- Great Hall
      201 East Capitol Street, SE
      Washington, DC 20003
      http://www.folger.edu/woSummary.cfm?woid=454
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