Public Writing

What can cultural production tell us about sleep and work? | By Diletta De Cristofaro

Society for Occupational Medicine, March 2023.

This invited blog post introduces the project’s research and public engagement work, with a focus on the relationship between sleep and work.

What Dreams May Come | By Diletta De Cristofaro

New Humanist, Spring 2023.

This review of Alice Vernon’s Night Terrors considers how, in our obsession with getting more sleep, we are overlooking the strange mysteries of night terrors and other parasomnias.

A Reading Guide to the Sleep Crisis | By Diletta De Cristofaro

The Posthumanist, September 2022.

This reading guide introduces debates around the sleep crisis and some books, across fiction and non-fiction, that focus on the too-often ignored political, social, and historical dimensions of sleep. This piece is part of the inaugural issue of The Posthumanist magazine, all devoted to sleep.

The Counterproductive Promise of a “Sleep Goal” | By Diletta De Cristofaro

The Week, March 2022.

This opinion piece explores how the fixation of sleep-tracking devices and relaxation apps on sleep goals ironically ends up devaluing sleep.

Writing the Sleep Crisis | By Diletta De Cristofaro

The Polyphony: Conversations Across the Medical Humanities, December 2020.

This invited blog post introduces the project and looks back to its first public event at the Being Human Festival 2020, discussing sleep deprivation and speculative fictions that imagine the future end of sleep.

Academic Publications | Forthcoming

Quantified Sleep: Self-Tracking Technologies and the Reshaping of 21st-Century Subjectivity | By Diletta De Cristofaro and Simona Chiodo

Historical Social Research, 2023.

In this article, Diletta De Cristofaro and Simona Chiodo situate the rise of everyday sleep-tracking practices within the sleep crisis discourse and explore these practices’ reshaping of 21st-century subjectivity.

Sleep Mode: Phones, Achievement-Subjects, and the Sleep Crisis in Contemporary Literature | By Diletta De Cristofaro

Telepoetics, edited by Sarah Jackson, Annabel Williams, and Phil Leonard. Edinburgh University Press, 2023.

In this book chapter, Diletta De Cristofaro traces the presence of phones in a selection of contemporary literary texts featuring troubled sleepers and offers a framework to understand the pervasive cultural representations of contemporary society as suffering from poor sleep.

Insomnia | By Diletta De Cristofaro

A Cultural History of Sleep and Dreaming vol. 6, edited by Rob Meadows and Christiane Solte-Gresser. Bloomsbury, 2024.

The six volume set aims to cover around 3,000 years and explore the physical, mental, social and cultural dimensions of sleep and dreaming. In her book chapter, Diletta De Cristofaro focuses on the meanings that have been ascribed to insomnia and how these have reflected the status of the insomniac from 1945 onwards.