Sasha Handley: “Healthy Sleep in English Domestic Households c.1660-1700”

Sasha Handley de l’Université de Manchester présentera sa communication “Healthy Sleep in English Domestic Households c.1660-1700” le jeudi 8 janvier 2015, de 17h30 à 19h30.

Discutante: Sophie Panziera, Université Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Maison de la Recherche de l’université Paris IV-Sorbonne (28 rue Serpente, Paris 6e), salle D421. Le séminaire est ouvert aux étudiants de Master et doctorat, ainsi qu’à toutes les personnes intéressées.

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This paper will explore experiences of sleeplessness in late seventeenth and early eighteenth-century English households. The paper draws on a selection of diaries, personal correspondence, medical receipts and healthcare advice literature to examine the physical and emotional effects of sleep disturbances, the explanations that early modern men and women offered for them, and the remedies that they employed to cure them and to prevent future interruptions to their natural rest. An assortment of sleep disturbances will be distinguished, from persistent ‘watching’ (insomnia), through to more transient experiences of sleeplessness that were intertwined with everyday illnesses and with important moments in the individual lifecycle.