Boredom: The Literary History of a State of Mind
University of Chicago Press, 1996 - 290 lappuses
As malady or inspiration, boredom looms large in our culture. Forever egging the writer on to new feats of interest, new forms of poetry, new, more engrossing ideas and creations, boredom both haunts and motivates the literary imagination. This book offers a witty literary explanation of why this should be. Investigating boredom's imaginative functions during the last two and a half centuries, Patricia Meyer Spacks reveals the shifting cultural purposes served by this often lamented state. The figure of the "bore" entered the language in the eighteenth century, marking, Spacks suggests, a significant cultural shift. Until then boredom, though not explicitly classified as a sin, was to be strenuously resisted by spiritual endeavor. With the coming of the "bore," however, the responsibility for boredom shifted from the bored observer to whatever failed to hold his or her interest. Progress should banish boredom by making life more stimulating.
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BOREDOM: The Literary History of a State of MindLietotāja recenzija - Kirkus
Lively enough, in contradistinction to its subject, this workmanlike volume of literary history traces the underexamined phenomenon of boredom. Boredom, Spacks (Gossip, 1985; English/Univ. of Virginia ... Lasīt pilnu pārskatu
Boredom: the literary history of a state of mindLietotāja recenzija - Not Available - Book Verdict
In this fascinating study of the trope of boredom in fiction and the reality of boredom in life, Spakes, a scholar of 18th-century literature, shows how writers use boredom as a metonym for an ethical ... Lasīt pilnu pārskatu
READING WRITING AND BOREDOM
VACUITY SATIETY AND THE ACTIVE LIFE
SELF IS A TIRESOME SUBJECT
A DULL BOOK IS EASILY RENOUNCED
THE NORMALIZATION OF BOREDOM
SOCIETY AND ITS DISCONTENTS