1. Fiction as Dream

  1. Keith Oatley

Published Online: 15 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119970910.ch1

Such Stuff as Dreams: The Psychology of Fiction

Such Stuff as Dreams: The Psychology of Fiction

How to Cite

Oatley, K. (2011) Fiction as Dream, in Such Stuff as Dreams: The Psychology of Fiction, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119970910.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 JUL 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470974575

Online ISBN: 9781119970910



  • fiction as dream - models, world-building and simulation;
  • fiction as dream - Shakespeare and dreams;
  • Shakespeare's playwriting career, and dreams - used in a subtly new way, alternative view of the world;
  • conception of fiction, visible human action - of what goes on beneath the surface;
  • Shakespeare plays, beyond dramatizations - in three Henry VI plays, The taming of the shrew - dreams being included;
  • A midsummer night's dream – Shakespeare saying, imagine a world a bit different from our own, a model world;
  • sonnet, and beginning of Romeo and Juliet - play's theme, effects of emotion, being love;
  • Shakespeare's idea of dream - understanding aspects of psychology of fiction;
  • The idea of dream, and Shakespeare - making the more abstract aspect, the center in his writing;
  • world reflecting idea of art - elements of a work of art, and elements of the ordinary world


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Shakespeare and dream

  • Approach by the dream

  • Fiction and simulation