Sleep Fictions: A Digital Companion

I.XIV.1 Mirth

Lily’s recollection of non-human entities watching her in the night is a classic testament to visual hypnogogia.* When trying to attain rest, Lily’s anxious mind, in a liminal state between alertness and unconscious sleep, anthropomorphizes the material objects that surround her. Her fear of not meeting societal and aesthetic expectations, as well as her dread of transforming into a grotesque body during sleep, causes her to transpose the eyes of New York socialites onto the surfaces of inanimate entities. Like the faces that passively will soon observe Bertha’s, and later Judy’s, renunciation of Lily, she imagines that even to dingy materialities her decline serves as spectacle.


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