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War and the MindFord Madox Ford's Parade's End, Modernism, and Psychology$
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Ashley Chantler and Rob Hawkes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748694266

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694266.001.0001

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The Work of Sleep

The Work of Sleep

Insomnia and Discipline in Ford and Sassoon

(p.112) Chapter 7 The Work of Sleep
War and the Mind

Sarah Kingston

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores the function of sleep habits and insomnia in Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End and Siegfried Sassoon's Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, arguing that insomnia is an embodiment of the individual's resistance to military discipline, loss of privacy, and the subjection of one's body to authoritative control. Insomnia, a liminal state between sleeping and waking, pits the body against the mind or mind against the body, and in doing so illustrates the failure of disciplinary mechanisms to completely regulate individual behaviours. Further, the phenomenology of insomnia is in many ways similar to the phenomenology of experience in the First World War, especially given the war's association with exhaustion and fatigue, nocturnal activity, a sense of endlessness, and idiosyncratic temporality, making it an apt device through which to express the anxieties associated with participation in the war.

Keywords:   Siegfried Sassoon, Insomnia, Sleep, Liminal, Discipline, Privacy, Fatigue

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