lundi 29 août 2016

Le sommeil dans l'Angleterre prémoderne

Sleep in Early Modern England

Sasha Handley

Yale University Press
Publication date:15 Aug 2016
296 pages

Drawing on diverse archival sources and material artifacts, Handley reveals that the way we sleep is as dependent on culture as it is on biological and environmental factors. After 1660 the accepted notion that sleepers lay at the mercy of natural forces and supernatural agents was challenged by new medical thinking about sleep's relationship to the nervous system. This breakthrough coincided with radical changes shaping everything from sleeping hours to bedchambers. Handley's illuminating work documents a major evolution in our conscious understanding of the unconscious.

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