Proust and the Sleep of Others

  • Michael Greaney


One of the central stories of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time (1913–27) is of sleep regained, of slumber rediscovered as a substantial and richly variegated element of human experience. All too often, however, Proustian sleep has been represented by his critics as a quasi-oneiric out-of-body experience. By contrast, this chapter emphasizes the physicality of sleep in In Search of Lost Time and its embeddedness in existing social spaces and cultural hierarchies. It also makes a case against Marcel-centred readings of Proustian somnolence by engaging with the sleep-lives of secondary and minor characters, from Aunt Léonie to Mme Cottard to Albertine Simonet.


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

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