Work of the Fellows: Monographs

Dreaming and Historical Consciousness in Island Greece

By Charles Stewart (NHC Fellow, 1996–97)

Cambridge, UK: Department of the Classics, Harvard University, 2012

From the publisher’s description:

Charles Stewart tells the story of the inhabitants of Kóronos, on the Greek island of Naxos, who, in the 1830s, began experiencing dreams in which the Virgin Mary instructed them to search for buried Christian icons nearby and build a church to house the ones they found. Miraculously, they dug and found several icons and human remains, and at night the ancient owners of them would speak to them in dreams. The inhabitants built the church and in the years since have experienced further waves of dreams and startling prophesies that shaped their understanding of the past and future and often put them at odds with state authorities. Today, Kóronos is the site of one of the largest annual pilgrimages in the Mediterranean. Telling this fascinating story, Stewart draws on his long-term fieldwork and original historical sources to explore dreaming as a mediator of historical change, while widening the understanding of historical consciousness and history itself.

Subjects
Anthropology / History / Historiography / Dreams / Historical Consciousness / Ethnography /

Stewart, Charles (NHC Fellow, 1996–97). Dreaming and Historical Consciousness in Island Greece. Cultural Politics,Socioaesthetics,Beginnings. Cambridge, UK: Department of the Classics, Harvard University, 2012.