Carla Gerona

Early modern Quakers looked to their dreams to gain spiritual insight, and they developed a potent system of dreamwork to shape their worlds on both sides of the Atlantic. Covering a broad time span that begins with the English Civil War and ends with the creation of the American republic, this books shows that dreams provided the Society of Friends with mental maps to influence the values of their emerging colonial society, usually, though not exclusively, in progressive ways. Night visions, as Quakers often termed their dreams, allowed Friends to argue for new ideas such as the abolition of slavery and various religious reforms, including women’s rights.



“In a fascinating new book, Carla Gerona [inverts] the usual approach to dream analysis by examining the social andpolitical dimensions of early modern ‘night journeys’ and theirimportance in actively shaping the culture of AmericanQuakerism.(Journal of the Early Republic)

Gerona’s own map is complexly designed, weaving together several disciplines,andshe succeeds in offering manythoughtprovoking perceptions about early America…as she invites us all to take part in the study of this newly tappedarchival treasure.” (Quaker Studies)

“This is an instructive study that has much to offer scholars and students of British and colonial American history. Itpresents wellbalanced insights into the Quaker experience and the place of dreams in early modern culture and raisessignificant questions about the use of new types of evidence.(HAtlantic)

“More than being an important contribution to Quaker studies [Gerona’s] work offers some fascinating challenges andadditions to several fields.(Journal of Religion)

“The book provides an excellent example of the impact that the recent explosion of scholarly interest in Atlantic studieshas had on British and American historians.(Journal of British Studies)

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