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At the Borders of Sleep: On Liminal Literature

Peter Schwenger


At the Borders of Sleep investigates a liminal or threshold state between two fundamental modes of human consciousness, the waking state and the sleeping one–which are not as distinct from one another as is commonly thought. Perhaps only at the borders of sleep can we get a sense of their connection. During true sleep we are unconscious; and while dreaming we uncritically accept what is happening to us, which we will later translate into untrustworthy waking narratives. As we are poised on the threshold of sleep, however, we can consciously observe what our preoccupied consciousness doesn’t us ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816679751
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816679751.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Schwenger, author
Resident Fellow, Theory and Criticism, University of Western Ontario

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