Insomniac Modernism

  • Lee Scrivner


This book has tried to convey a sense of a history of modern insomnia, and in doing so simultaneously has tried to give an impression of what the condition is like, riddled as it is with a particular array of valuations and contradictions. Insomnia has been shown to be a condition far richer than the mere inability to sleep, evincing particular phenomenologies and vicious cycles and paradoxes: of a hyperactive exhaustion, of a reappropriation of a body and mind overburdened by techno-utility, of numbness in super-sensitivity, of the ironic inability to control one’s self in relinquishment of the faculty of control. Through all these antithetical qualities, however, insomnia has remained an unambiguously lonely, solitary experience. It goes on in the privacy of our own individual consciousness. I think, therefore I am insomniac.


Ironic Inability Double Logic Sensory Object Historical Sense Underground Railway 
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