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At the Borders of Sleep At the Borders on liminal literature of Sleep Peter Schwenger University of Minnesota Press Minneapolis London Portions of chapter 1 were previously published as “Writing Hypnagogia,” Critical Inquiry 34, no. 3 (Spring 2008): 423–39; and “The Obbligato Effect,” New Literary History 42, no. 1 (Winter 2011): 115–28, copyright 2011 New Literary History, University of Virginia, reprinted with permission by The Johns Hopkins University Press. Excerpts from “Walking to Sleep” from Walking to Sleep: New Poems and Translations by Richard Wilbur. Copyright 1968 and renewed 1996 by Richard Wilbur. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. “Tossing and Turning,” by John Updike, from John Updike, Collected Poems, 1953– 1993 (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993). Copyright 1993 by John Updike. Reprinted by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc. Copyright 2012 by the Regents of the University of Minnesota All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher. Published by the University of Minnesota Press 111 Third Avenue South, Suite 290 Minneapolis, MN 55401-2520 http://www.upress.umn.edu Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Schwenger, Peter, 1942– At the borders of sleep : on liminal literature / Peter Schwenger. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-8166-7975-1 (hc : alk. paper) ISBN 978-0-8166-7976-8 (pb : alk. paper) 1. Literature—History and criticism—Theory. 2. Liminality. 3. Consciousness.  I. Title. PN441.S385 2012 809'.933561—dc23  2012020152 Printed in the United States of America on acid-free paper The University of Minnesota is an equal-opportunity educator and employer. 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 ...