Boredom: The Literary History of a State of Mind by Patricia Meyer SpacksBoredom: The Literary History of a State of Mind by Patricia Meyer Spacks

Boredom: The Literary History of a State of Mind

byPatricia Meyer Spacks

Paperback | June 1, 1996

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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.
Title:Boredom: The Literary History of a State of MindFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:June 1, 1996Publisher:University of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226768546

ISBN - 13:9780226768540

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1: Reading, Writing, and Boredom
2: Vacuity, Satiety, and the Active Life: Eighteenth-Century Men
3: The Consciousness of the Dull: Eighteenth-Century Women, Boredom, and
Narrative
4: "Self is a Tiresome Subject": Personal Records of Eighteenth-Century
Women
Interlude: The Problem of the Interesting
5: "A Dull Book is Easily Renounced": How the Interesting Turns Boring
6: The Normalization of Boredom: Nineteenth-Century Women and Their
Fictions
7: Society and Its Discontents: Cultural Contexts of Nineteenth-Century
Boredom
8: The Ethics of Boredom: Modernism and Questions of Value
9: Cultural Miasma: Postmodern Enlargements of Boredom

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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.