Conclusion: ‘A World without a Lullaby’?
The conclusion weighs up what has been gained and lost in the fictive sleeper’s journey from the Regency sofa to the contemporary sleep lab. It also glances at the recent spate of ‘sleepless world’ novels, dystopias of wakefulness that trade in a language of crisis from which critical sleep studies might want to distance itself. It ends by speculating on how the Schlafroman and critical sleep studies might make good on their shared fantasy of a nonviolent relationship with slumber.
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