Terra Somnambulism: Sleepwalking, Night Dreams, and Nocturnal Wanderings in the Televisual Australian Gothic

Cantrell, Kate ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5689-614X (2022) Terra Somnambulism: Sleepwalking, Night Dreams, and Nocturnal Wanderings in the Televisual Australian Gothic. In: Screening the Gothic in Australia and New Zealand: Contemporary Antipodean Film and Television. Horror and Gothic Media Cultures. Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 123-140. ISBN 9789463721141


Abstract

Sleep disturbance has a rich textual history, one that predates the Australian Gothic. However, in the Antipodean context, episodes of deranged and disordered sleep – from daymares and nightdreams to somnambulistic trances – cannot be read as simple restagings of early gothic concerns such as demonic activity or possession. Rather, sleep disturbance in the Australian Gothic brings to light more ordinary horror: the horror of embodied automaticity, the horror of blind complacency, and the horror of discovering the mechanical processes that hide behind the self. The televisual texts examined in this chapter can be linked thematically as a way of working through this horror, a necessity that demands female vigilance but which often culminates problematically in monstrous behaviour or monstrous transformation.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Creative Arts (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2022 23:23
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2022 23:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australian Gothic; Gothic television; sleepwalking; nocturnal wandering; The Cry; white vanishing
Fields of Research (2020): 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3605 Screen and digital media > 360505 Screen media
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470502 Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature)
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3602 Creative and professional writing > 360201 Creative writing (incl. scriptwriting)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280122 Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280116 Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/49267

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