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At the borders of sleep : on liminal literature

Author: Peter Schwenger
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2012.
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'At the Borders of Sleep' investigates a liminal or threshold state between two fundamental modes of human consciousness, the waking state and the sleeping one - which are not as distinct from one another as is commonly thought. Liminal states are so subtle and evanescent that only literary depictions can do them justice; and so literature, along with philosophy and some science, has generated this book's argument.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Schwenger, Peter, 1942-
At the borders of sleep.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2012020152
(OCoLC)794272267
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Schwenger
ISBN: 9781461931898 1461931894 9780816681792 0816681791
OCLC Number: 849935283
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 167 pages)
Responsibility: Peter Schwenger.

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'At the Borders of Sleep' investigates a liminal or threshold state between two fundamental modes of human consciousness, the waking state and the sleeping one - which are not as distinct from one another as is commonly thought. Liminal states are so subtle and evanescent that only literary depictions can do them justice; and so literature, along with philosophy and some science, has generated this book's argument. That argument is then turned back upon literature to show how both reading and writing are liminal experiences, taking place at the edges of conscious thought.

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""At the Borders of Sleep" has changed my perspective, to the extent that I now see the issue of this liminal state--half awake, half asleep--not as just my personal affliction, but as a much larger, Read more...

 
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