The Sleepless Dream: Movement in Twentieth-Century Observation-Based Dream Research

  • Mina Lunzer
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology book series (PSHST)


From the perspective of cultural history, “sleep” and “dreaming” can be regarded as transformative objects, rather than discrete phenomena. The contribution aims to present these transformations to be closely entangled with means of representation.

Within the twentieth century, the representation of the sleeping body has been rooted in the application of time-based and apparatus-supported (objectifying) technologies. While sciences, arts, and mass media would thus appear to meet within a similar frame, divergent objects of sleep emerged: “Sleep as Movement” and “Sleep as Stillness.”

The effect on the “dream” might range from describing lucidity in sleep (research) to an increasing marginalization of dreaming in the arts and popular culture of the twentieth century.


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