Boredom: The Literary History of a State of Mind

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This book offers a witty explanation of why boredom both haunts and motivates the literary imagination. Moving from Samuel Johnson to Donald Barthelme, from Jane Austen to Anita Brookner, Spacks shows us at last how we arrived in a postmodern world where boredom is the all-encompassing name we give our discontent. Her book, anything but boring, gives us new insight into the cultural usefulness—and deep interest—of boredom as a state of mind.

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BOREDOM: The Literary History of a State of Mind

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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 ... レビュー全文を読む

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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 ... レビュー全文を読む

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READING WRITING AND BOREDOM
1
VACUITY SATIETY AND THE ACTIVE LIFE
31
THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE DULL
60
SELF IS A TIRESOME SUBJECT
83
A DULL BOOK IS EASILY RENOUNCED
129
THE ETHICS OF BOREDOM
218
CULTURAL MIASMA
249
Works Cited
273
Index
281
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Patricia Meyer Spacks is the Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English at the University of Virginia. She is the author of eleven previous books, including Desire and Truth: Functions of Plot in Eighteenth-Century English Novels and Boredom: The Literary History of a State of Mind, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

Patricia Meyer Spacks is the Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English at the University of Virginia. She is the author of eleven previous books, including Desire and Truth: Functions of Plot in Eighteenth-Century English Novels and Boredom: The Literary History of a State of Mind, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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