Sleeping with Dickens
"Sleep was a source of constant fascination for Charles Dickens. A lifelong insomniac who dabbled in mesmerism, he takes a remarkably keen interest in the sleeping habits of his heroes and heroines, and enjoys plunging them into sleep at inopportune moments, in unexpected places, with often comical and sometimes disconcerting results. This lecture will ponder the comedy, vulnerability and pathos of the sleeping body in Dickens’ fiction, and will consider what his obsession with human slumber tells us about the shifting relations between consciousness and oblivion in the Victorian imagination."
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