By Peter Schwenger
At the Borders of Sleep is a distinct exploration of the connections among literature and the liminal states among waking and sleeping—from falling asleep and waking up, to drowsiness and insomnia, to states within which snoozing and waking combine. Delving into philosophy in addition to literature, Peter Schwenger investigates the brink among waking and dozing as a major and efficient nation among the pressured march of rational idea and the oblivion of unconsciousness.
While studying literary representations of many of the states among waking and drowsing, At the Borders of Sleep additionally analyzes how writers and readers alike draw on and input into those states. to take action Schwenger reads a variety of authors for whom the borders of sleep are an important, together with Marcel Proust, Stephen King, Paul Valéry, Fernando Pessoa, Franz Kafka, Giorgio de Chirico, Virginia Woolf, Philippe Sollers, and Robert Irwin. contemplating drowsiness, insomnia, and waking up, he seems at such matters because the hypnagogic kingdom, the adventure of interpreting and why it truly is diverse from complete attention, the relationships among insomnia and writing and why insomnia is usually a resource of inventive perception, and the endurance of liminal components in waking suggestion. a last bankruptcy specializes in literature that blurs dream and waking lifestyles, giving detailed consciousness to experimental writing.
Ultimately arguing that, happening at the edges of realization, either the interpreting and writing of literature are liminal studies, At the Borders of Sleep indicates new how you can take into consideration the character of literature and consciousness.
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