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The Other NightDreaming, Writing, and Restlessness in Twentieth-Century Literature$
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Herschel Farbman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228652

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228652.001.0001

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Introduction The Other Night

Introduction The Other Night

(p.1) Introduction The Other Night
The Other Night

Herschel Farbman

Fordham University Press

This chapter introduces the division of the night in two, the concepts of the “the other night”, the heart of the night, the space of dreams, restlessness, and the writing of dreams. The chapter argues that there is no possibility of sleep in the “other night”of the dream, and thus the resistance to sleep that it represents cannot be confused with the waking state in which people spend their days. That state is defined in opposition to the state of sleep. Complete sleep would be death. The impossibility of complete sleep thus defines sleep in opposition to death, which it closely resembles. The discussion looks into the night of the heart that wakes in the songs of the troubadours and the night that Don Quixote descends into a cave that Cervantes locates in the heart of La Mancha.

Keywords:   night, the other night, sleep, dreams, heart, Cervantes, Don Quixote, La Mancha, troubadour

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