Benjamin Reiss is professor of English and co-director of the Disability Studies Initiative at Emory University (www.disabilitystudies.emory.edu). He is the author of The Showman and the Slave: Race, Death, and Memory in Barnum’s America (Harvard University Press, 2001) and Theaters of Madness: Insane Asylums and Nineteenth-Century American Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2008), and he is the co-editor of The Cambridge History of the American Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Keywords in Disability Studies (forthcoming, NYU Press). His work has appeared in Slate, the Chronicle of Higher Education, American Literature, Social Text, American Literary History, American Quarterly, and other journals. He is at work on a cultural and literary history of modern sleep.
Sleep’s Hidden Histories
Benjamin Reiss reviews three works that offer not quite the complete history of sleep, but a good start....