A dream in the literary and ideological strategy (on the selected examples of Serbian hagiography)
This paper is a presentation of the selected parts of lives of the Serbian saints, where the motif of dream is present as a kind of a literary and ideological strategy. In a hagiographical text this theme has fixed functions and meanings in the structure as well as on the ideological plane. One could say that the motif of dream has, in many instances, a permanent place in the text. It is present on multiple levels of the narrative, in various forms, both as a single functionalized theme, an element of composition, and sometimes as a kind of a literary subgenre — vision. It frequently appears on the scene of death, on the accounts of miracles and miraculous interventions of the chosen by God, as well as in general statements of people expressing a Christian outlook on life.