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Sleep and the novel : fictions of somnolence from Jane Austen to the present

Author: Michael Greaney
Publisher: [Cham, Switzerland] : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is a study of representations of the sleeping body in fiction from 1800 to the present day, which traces the ways in which novelists have engaged with this universal, indispensable - but seemingly nondescript - region of human experience. Covering the narrativization of sleep in Austen, the politicization of sleep in Dickens, the queering of sleep in Goncharov, the aestheticization of sleep in Proust, and the  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Greaney
ISBN: 3319752529 9783319752525
OCLC Number: 1019610962
Description: vii, 228 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction --
2. `The Yawns of Lady Bertram': Sleep, Subjectivity and Sociability in Jane Austen --
3. `Snoring for the Million': Dickens the Sleep-watcher --
4. From Bitdungsroman to Schlafroman: Goncharov's Oblomov --
5. Proust and the Sleep of Others --
6. `Observed, Measured, Contained': Contemporary Fiction and the Science of Sleep --
7. Conclusion: `A World without a Lullaby'?.
Other Titles: Fictions of somnolence from Jane Austen to the present
Responsibility: Michael Greaney.

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This is a study of representations of the sleeping body in fiction from 1800 to the present day, which traces the ways in which novelists have engaged with this universal, indispensable - but seemingly nondescript - region of human experience. Covering the narrativization of sleep in Austen, the politicization of sleep in Dickens, the queering of sleep in Goncharov, the aestheticization of sleep in Proust, and the medicalization of sleep in contemporary fiction, it examines the ways in which novelists envision the figure of the sleeper, the meanings they discover in human sleep, and the values they attach to it. It argues that literary fiction harbours, on its margins, a ?sleeping partner?, one that we can nickname the Schlafroman or ?sleep-novel?, whose quiet absorption in the wordlessness and passivity of human slumber subtly complicates the imperatives of self-awareness and purposive action that traditionally govern the novel.

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