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At the Borders of SleepOn Liminal Literature$
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Peter Schwenger

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816679751

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816679751.001.0001

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(p.51) Two Sleepless
At the Borders of Sleep

Peter Schwenger

University of Minnesota Press

Hundreds of authors have written about insomnia; and some, like Kafka, have said that insomnia is responsible for their being writers. This is no doubt due to the insights of this liminal state—for during insomnia the daylight personality dissolves, and one becomes aware of a restless nocturnal consciousness.

Keywords:   liminality, consciousness, insomnia, night, literature, sleep, dream, waking, reading, writing

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