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Introduction

  • Michael Greaney
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Abstract

The introduction locates Sleep and the Novel in relation to recent work on the history of sleep and, more generally, to the emergence of ‘critical sleep studies’ in history, sociology, anthropology and other branches of the humanities and social sciences. Positioning this work as a study of a crucial but neglected chapter in the representational history of slumber, it defines the scope of the project (its emphasis is on dreamless as opposed to dream-filled sleep, and on ‘ordinary’ sleep as opposed to such exotic variants as somnambulism or trance); and it proposes that, despite its seemingly nondescript uneventfulness, sleep’s very resistance to narrative is the condition of its narratability in the novel.

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  • Michael Greaney
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  1. 1.Department of English and Creative WritingLancaster UniversityLancasterUK

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