At the Borders of Sleep: On Liminal Literature by Peter Schwenger

By Peter Schwenger

At the Borders of Sleep is a special exploration of the connections among literature and the liminal states among waking and sleeping—from falling asleep and waking up, to drowsiness and insomnia, to states during which drowsing and waking combine. Delving into philosophy in addition to literature, Peter Schwenger investigates the brink among waking and snoozing as a tremendous and efficient kingdom among the pressured march of rational suggestion and the oblivion of unconsciousness.

While interpreting literary representations of some of the states among waking and dozing, At the Borders of Sleep additionally analyzes how writers and readers alike draw on and input into those states. to take action Schwenger reads quite a lot of authors for whom the borders of sleep are an important, together with Marcel Proust, Stephen King, Paul Valéry, Fernando Pessoa, Franz Kafka, Giorgio de Chirico, Virginia Woolf, Philippe Sollers, and Robert Irwin. contemplating drowsiness, insomnia, and waking up, he seems at such topics because the hypnagogic kingdom, the adventure of studying and why it truly is assorted from complete attention, the relationships among insomnia and writing and why insomnia is usually a resource of artistic perception, and the endurance of liminal components in waking concept. a last bankruptcy makes a speciality of literature that blurs dream and waking existence, giving detailed consciousness to experimental writing.

Ultimately arguing that, occurring at the edges of attention, either the examining and writing of literature are liminal reports, At the Borders of Sleep indicates new how you can take into consideration the character of literature and consciousness.

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