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The Other Night: Dreaming, Writing, and Restlessness in Twentieth-Century Literature

Herschel Farbman


This book is about dreams. It looks at the works of several authors that make the dream a central concern. “I sleep, but my heart wakes,” says the Song of Songs. “The other night” names the sleepless night we spend in dreams. From Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams to Joyce's Finnegans Wake, many of the great writing projects of the first half of the twentieth century articulate experiences of waking in the very depths of sleep, where no “I” can declare itself present though the heart still beats. After World War II, in the cold light of the closure of the age of dream books, Beckett and Bla ... More

Keywords: sleep, Song of Songs, other night, dreams, dream books, Beckett, Blanchot, Freud, Joyce, writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780823228652
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823228652.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Herschel Farbman, author