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"When none can call our power to account": Translating Sleepwalking in Discursive Practices

  • Author / Creator
    Parker, Lindsay R.
  • This interdisciplinary dissertation makes an original contribution by examining the sleepwalker in terms of medical, legal, and cultural categories in literature, film, and opera. It addresses medical research and medico-legal contexts in relation to diagnostic power and institutional authority over sleepwalking. Moreover, it argues that the sleepwalker is a productive subject and explores the cultural constructions and discursive practices of sleepwalking in medicine, law, literature, and film. Across the dissertation, critical attention is given to historical case studies, Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth in the context of ecocritical readings, and Robert Wiene’s film, Das Kabinett des Dr. Caligari, in regard to the current debate on the conflict between somnambulism and hypnotic crime. In the analysis here advanced, the dissertation’s research draws on theories from science and technology studies, the sociology of translation, and actor network theory.

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  • Graduation date
    2012-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Doctor of Philosophy
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R34G66
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Doctoral
  • Department
    • Comparative Literature
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Hart, Jonathan (Comparative Literature & English and Film Studies)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Pavlich, George (Sociology and Law)
    • Bishop, Edward (English and Film Studies)
    • Pivato, Joseph (Athabasca University)
    • Verdicchio, Massimo (Comparative Literature and Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
    • Sywenky, Irene (Comparative Literature and Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)