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Title: Someone Else Awake : representations of insomnia as the modern romanticised illness
Author: Vernon, Alice
ISNI:       0000 0004 7659 241X
Awarding Body: Aberystwyth University
Current Institution: Aberystwyth University
Date of Award: 2018
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'Someone Else Awake' explores the ways in which sleep can be disturbed by the re-emergence of unprocessed trauma. The novel focuses mainly on Erin's struggle with sleeplessness, but also includes experiences of parasomnias - hallucinatory states of half-sleep such as sleep paralysis - that exacerbate her distress. It is informed by a variety of sleep research, both scientific and cultural, that identifies the key symptoms, causes and treatments of sleep disorders. The following discussion will draw together the research framework and writing process underpinning 'Someone Else Awake'. Erin's insomnia is a delayed reaction to a traumatic childhood experience, but sleep disorders can also be a result of physical illness or environmental factors. This commentary will discuss our relationship with sleep, beginning with the sense of vulnerability expressed by writers and commentators exploring sleeplessness in early modern England, and brought up to date with the twenty-first-century obsession with 'perfect' sleep.
Supervisor: Yallop, Jacqueline ; Francis, Matthew Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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