Becoming Insomniac

How Sleeplessness Alarmed Modernity

  • Authors
  • Lee¬†Scrivner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Lee Scrivner
    Pages 1-13
  3. Lee Scrivner
    Pages 14-33
  4. Lee Scrivner
    Pages 34-57
  5. Lee Scrivner
    Pages 58-80
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    Pages 116-135
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    Pages 136-156
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    Pages 157-180
  9. Lee Scrivner
    Pages 181-209
  10. Lee Scrivner
    Pages 210-213
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 214-257

About this book


A study of the history of modern insomnia, this book explores how poets, journalists, and doctors of the Victorian period found themselves in near-universal agreement that modernity and sleep were somehow incompatible. It investigates how psychologists, philosophers and literary artists worked to articulate its causes, and its potential cures.


Insomnia Technology Sleep Sleeplessness Mind Body The Will Volition Victorian Telegraph Telephone Railway Dickens Edison Light Nietzsche Heidegger Kelvin Thermodynamics Nerves history history of literature modernism philosophy physiology Victorian era

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2014
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-44359-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-26874-7
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