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somnambulism

a condition that is characterized by walking while asleep or in a hypnotic trance

Somnambulism

 

a pathological state that is manifested in unconscious, outwardly well-ordered, and at times absurd or dangerous actions performed while sleeping and consequently not remembered. Somnambulism may be induced artificially through hypnotism, which indicates the similarity between the pathophysiological mechanisms of somnambulism and hypnosis.

somnambulism

[säm′näm·byə‚liz·əm]
(physiology)
Sleepwalking.
The performance of any fairly complex act while in a sleeplike state or trance.
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Goodman Brown, dreaming somnambulist or not, finds himself in company with the imagined monsters of his quotidian world come to life.
Her clairvoyance corresponds to the abilities of another character, a female somnambulist who possesses extensive knowledge when in a trance (348).
Insistently (self-) defined as benevolent and selfless, the behavior of the somnambulist is exempt from judgment since his agency and subjectivity are regarded as operating in a state of suspended animation: however, as Krause acknowledges, "sleepwalking does more than just release the inner man.
Caligari" (1919) uses impressionistic and surreal images to impart terror in the tale of an evil hypnotist and his somnambulist accomplice who commit a series of murders in the towns their carnival visits.
But just as every cloud has a silver lining, so the awfulness was just awful enough, but not too awful, to make a story for US Weekly (and Reuters, which picked it up, and the Washington Post's website, where I found it) that would confirm that the fetching somnambulist and star of TV's "Friends" was the kind of star about which such star stories are written.
It should be pointed out that monstrous humans have always had a place in the horror genre; among the many notable examples to choose from here are Cesare the somnambulist (Conrad Veidt) in The Cabinet of Dr.
Stripped to the waist, the young Prince of Homburg appears before us as a somnambulist.
By contrast, the style of Emperor Franz Josef was more that of a somnambulist, as Morton evokes when he describes the conversation between the emperor and his foreign minister on the ultimatum to be served on Serbia:
In silent films, women could use only their eyes and gestures to communicate, and they tended to fall into four different types: "the vampire, the somnambulist, the erotic predator and the sexually compliant woman.
Rather than acting as the emancipators of blacks, abolitionists enslave white citizens by exerting an influence that echoes the relation between master and mesmerist on the one side and slave and somnambulist on the other by clamoring "to enlist the passions of their followers, exact implicit obedience from them, and rule them with the utmost intolerance and authority" ("Slavery," p.
Ortega's figure of a divine somnambulist no longer serves.
Very well, a splendid prison, with its walls twenty feet thick and--" The Somnambulist began to move his arms about violently.