Boredom

The Literary History of a State of Mind
Author: Patricia Meyer Spacks
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226768540
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 304
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What such a move meant, in society as well as literature, becomes clear in the astonishing range of fiction, poetry, conduct books, letters, and historical and sociological documents Spacks surveys. Here we see how the idea of boredom - as a point of reference or focus of opposition, as a means of characterization, repudiation, or definition, as social indictment or personal grievance - condenses a wide range of crucial meanings and attitudes. From the gendering of boredom (how women's lives came to embody both the threat of boredom and its overthrow) to canon issues (how "boring" becomes "interesting" with a sympathetic reader), the implications of the subject steadily enlarge.

Boredom

A Lively History
Author: Peter Toohey
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300172168
Category: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS
Page: 211
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In the first book to argue for the benefits of boredom, Peter Toohey dispels the myth that it's simply a childish emotion or an existential malaise like Jean-Paul Sartre's nausea. He shows how boredom is, in fact, one of our most common and constructive emotions and is an essential part of the human experience. This informative and entertaining investigation of boredom--what it is and what it isn't, its uses and its dangers--spans more than 3,000 years of history and takes readers through fascinating neurological and psychological theories of emotion, as well as recent scientific investigations, to illustrate its role in our lives. There are Australian aboriginals and bored Romans, Jeffrey Archer and caged cockatoos, Camus and the early Christians, Durer and Degas. Toohey also explores the important role that boredom plays in popular and highbrow culture and how over the centuries it has proven to be a stimulus for art and literature. Toohey shows that boredom is a universal emotion experienced by humans throughout history and he explains its place, and value, in today's world. "Boredom: A Lively History "is vital reading for anyone interested in what goes on when supposedly nothing happens.

Boredom


Author: Laurie Beckelman
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780896868441
Category: Boredom
Page: 48
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Study of the causes, symptoms, and treatment of boredom in young people.

A Philosophy of Boredom


Author: Lars Svendsen
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 9781861892171
Category: Philosophy
Page: 176
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Although boredom is something that we have all suffered from at some point in our lives, and has become one of the central preoccupations of our age, very few of us can explain precisely what it is. In this book Lars Svendsen examines the nature of boredom, how it originated, its history, how and why it afflicts us, and why we cannot seem to overcome it by any act of will. A diverse and vague phenomenon, described as anything from ‘tame longing without any particular object’ (Schopenhauer), ‘a bestial and indefinable affliction’ (Dostoevsky), to ‘time’s invasion of your world system’ (Joseph Brodsky), boredom allows many interpretations. In exploring these, Lars Svendsen brings together observations from philosophy, literature, psychology, theology and popular culture, examining boredom’s pre-Romantic manifestations in medieval torpor, philosophies of the subject from Pascal to Nietzsche, and modern related concepts of alienation and transgression, taking in texts by Samuel Beckett, J. G. Ballard, Andy Warhol and many others. A witty and entertaining account that considers a serious issue, it will appeal to anyone who has ever felt bored, and wanted to know why.

Essays on Boredom and Modernity


Author: Barbara Dalle Pezze,Carlo Salzani
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 9042025662
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 226
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The past thirty years saw a growing academic interest in the phenomenon of boredom. If initially the analyses were mostly a-historical, now the historicity of boredom is widely recognised, though often it is taken as evidence of its permanence as a constant “quality” of the human condition, expression of a metaphysical malady inherent to the fact of being human. New trends in the literature focus on the peculiar relationship between boredom and modernity and attempt to embrace the new social, cultural and political factors which provoked the epochal change of modernity and relate them to a change in the parameters of human experience and the crisis of subjectivity. The very changes that characterise modernity are the same that led to the “democratisation” of boredom: modernity and boredom are shown to be inextricably connected and inseparable. This volume aims at contributing to the growing body of literature on boredom with a number of essays which reflect on the connection of boredom and modernity and focus on particular texts, authors, or aspects of the phenomenon. The approach is multidisciplinary, in keeping with the pervasiveness of the phenomenon in our culture and societies, with essays reflecting on philosophy, literature, film, media and psychology.

The Boredom Solution

Understanding and Dealing with Boredom
Author: Linda Deal
Publisher: PRUFROCK PRESS INC.
ISBN: 9781593631352
Category: Education
Page: 95
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Educational title for gifted and advanced learners.

Melville and the Theme of Boredom


Author: Daniel Paliwoda
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786457023
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 247
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Boredom is a prevalent theme in Herman Melville’s works. Rather than a passing fancy or a device for drawing attention to the action that also permeates his work, boredom is central to the writings, the author argues. He contends that in Melville’s mature work, especially Moby Dick, boredom presents itself as an insidious presence in the lives of Melville’s characters, until it matures from being a mere killer of time into a killer of souls.

Beautiful Boredom

Idleness and Feminine Self-Realization in the Victorian Novel
Author: Lee Anna Maynard
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786454733
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 198
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This volume explores boredom as a possible force for good in the Victorian novel. In Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (1847), George Eliot’s Middlemarch (1871-72), and Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady (1881), boredom is an important means through which female characters are able to achieve a greater sense of self-awareness. In her discussion of these works, the author examines both the deleterious and restorative aspects of boredom and shows how this subtle theme has continued to be used by more modern authors.

Spiritual Boredom

Rediscovering the Wonder of Judaism
Author: Erica Brown
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
ISBN: 1580234054
Category: Religion
Page: 183
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What happens when our need for constant newness minimizes our interest in prayer, learning and the mysteries of nature? An intriguing look at spiritual boredom and what the absence of inspiration means to the present and future of the Jewish tradition.

Boredom Busters

Loads of Exciting Kids' Projects that Will Banish Boredom for Ever
Author: Tommy Donbavand
Publisher: How To Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781857037951
Category: Amusements
Page: 156
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Veteran children's entertainer Tommy Donbavand gives tips on keeping children entertained, whether it's a single child or an entire playscheme. The book is full of activities that will keep parents from tearing their hair out. CONTENTS: All the fun at the fair - around the world - arty party - body shots - comic strip - crazy golf - dinosaurs! - funny Formula One - get up, stand up - the great indoors - Hallowe'en horrors - hold the front page - hot on the tail - how to train your teacher - knights of the Round Table - let's do the show right here - lost in space - make a volcano - the monster olympics - now you're cookin' - oh, what a circus - on safari - on the catwalk - personalize your computer - pirates - pop stars - potty picture holder - quiz kids - really robotic - redesign your room - science lab - secret agents - under the sea - what a novel idea - wild on the web - write a song About the author Tommy Donbavand is also the author of Quick Fixes for Bored Kids and More Quick Fixes for Bored Kids.

Boredom in the Classroom

Addressing Student Motivation, Self-Regulation, and Engagement in Learning
Author: Gayle L. Macklem
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319131206
Category: Psychology
Page: 88
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This brief synthesizes current findings on the many aspects of chronic student boredom, its relationship with negative academic, emotional, and health outcomes, and what professionals can do to best address it. Citing the complexity of this common student emotion, the author spotlights boredom susceptibility during the critical K-12 years. The brief analyzes cognitive and emotional attributes of boredom and identifies emotional skills that can be strengthened to counteract it. In addition, the volume features strategies for educators and school counselors to reduce boredom, both internally and in class. This stimulating volume: Argues that boredom shouldn't be ignored or dismissed as a passing phase. Examines various types of boredom as well as gender and cultural differences. Explores boredom in the contexts of anxiety and depression and in non-school situations. Provides theory on causes of boredom in students. Details how student self-regulation, motivation, and engagement can be improved. Describes specific roles teachers and mental health professionals can play in controlling boredom. Boredom in the Classroom is an essential resource for researchers, scientist-practitioners, clinicians, and graduate students in the fields of child and school psychology, educational psychology, social work, and related disciplines.

Boredom


Author: Alberto Moravia
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590174836
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
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The novels that the great Italian writer Alberto Moravia wrote in the years following World War II represent an extraordinary survey of the range of human behavior in a fragmented modern society. Boredom, the story of a failed artist and pampered son of a rich family who becomes dangerously attached to a young model, examines the complex relations between money, sex, and imperiled masculinity. This powerful and disturbing study in the pathology of modern life is one of the masterworks of a writer who, as Anthony Burgess once remarked, was “always trying to get to the bottom of the human imbroglio.”

Beating Boredom as the Secret to Managing ADHD

The Elephant in the ADHD Room
Author: Letitia Sweitzer
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 0857009109
Category: Education
Page: 240
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Boredom and boredom avoidance drive the behaviours of inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity – the diagnostic criteria of ADHD. This is the first ADHD resource to thoroughly explore the connection between the two. Full of innovative approaches, the book introduces a wide range of strategies for professionals working in clinical, educational and therapeutic settings to help those with ADHD beat boredom and engage with tasks and goals they want or need to achieve. Approaches specifically designed for toddlers, children, teenagers and adults are included, which can then be incorporated into schoolwork, jobs, relationships and everyday life. This practical resource will provide professionals who diagnose, treat, coach, and teach those with ADHD or those who suffer from frequent or pervasive boredom, with the tools to alleviate boredom in order to improve both concentration and mood.

Prosaic Desires: Modernist Knowledge, Boredom, Laughter, and Anticipation

Modernist Knowledge, Boredom, Laughter, and Anticipation
Author: Sara Crangle
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748642862
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 224
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Studying the work of Joyce, Woolf, Stein and Beckett, Sara Crangle explores the everyday human longings found in Modernist writing. This discussion is set within a framework of continental philosophy, particularly the thinking of Emmanuel Levinas.

Boredom to Brilliance


Author: Timothy Simpson
Publisher: Satzweiss.com
ISBN: 3942747111
Category: Self-Help
Page: 148
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There is immense wealth that lies hidden in the recesses of people’s beings and many don’t ever realize it. In an era of dwindling support for the arts in schools and communities, most of us have come of age believing we have no creative ability. We are unaware of the divine gift we receive at birth, and the sacred commission to use that gift to better the world around us. In Boredom to Brilliance, Timothy Simpson helps us to discover that gift, the power of the arts. Whether offering insights from the world of opera, sharing his own journey of discovery, or providing hands-on exercises designed to motivate, he illustrates the necessity of self-expression and gives the reader a practical approach to unlocking the creative spirit inherent in us all. If you haven’t yet found your place in the world or what you want to do in life, this book will set you on your path. “Your dream, your vision, your idea, however small or grand it may be, is a gift to you and therefore your gift to the world.”

Modernism, Feminism and the Culture of Boredom


Author: Allison Pease
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107027578
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 159
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Illustrates how boredom formed an important category of critique against the constraints of women's lives in British modernist literature.

'Boredom is the Enemy'

The Intellectual and Imaginative Lives of Australian Soldiers in the Great War and Beyond
Author: Dr Amanda Laugesen
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1409482790
Category: History
Page: 320
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War is often characterised as one percent terror, 99 per cent boredom. Whilst much ink has been spilt on the one per cent, relatively little work has been directed toward the other 99 per cent of a soldier's time. As such, this book will be welcomed by those seeking a fuller understanding of what makes soldiers endure war, and how they cope with prolonged periods of inaction. It explores the issue of military boredom and investigates how soldiers spent their time when not engaged in battle, work or training through a study of their creative, imaginative and intellectual lives. It examines the efforts of military authorities to provide solutions to military boredom (and the problem of discipline and morale) through the provisioning of entertainment and education, but more importantly explores the ways in which soldiers responded to such efforts, arguing that soldiers used entertainment and education in ways that suited them. The focus in the book is on Australians and their experiences, primarily during the First World War, but with subsequent chapters taking the story through the Second World War to the Vietnam War. This focus on a single national group allows questions to be raised about what might (or might not) be exceptional about the experiences of a particular national group, and the ways national identity can shape an individual's relationship and engagement with education and entertainment. It can also suggest the continuities and changes in these experiences through the course of three wars. The story of Australians at war illuminates a much broader story of the experience of war and people's responses to war in the twentieth century.

Boredom Busters for Cats

40 Whisker-Twitching Games and Adventures
Author: Nikki Moustaki
Publisher: i5 Publishing
ISBN: 1620080583
Category: Pets
Page: 64
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Cats are commonly misconceived as the household pet that needs little attention. In reality, cats require the same sort of mental and physical stimulation as any other pet in order to be healthy, happy and more importantly, non-destructive in the house. Boredom Busters for Cats explores how to enrich your feline friend’s life through socialization, interactive toys, activities and much more! Pet expert and author Nikki Moustaki covers different ways of interacting with your cat so that he will develop good habits in the house as well as enhancing his individual health and intelligence. She also includes advice on which toys to use, how to play with your pet, and activities for your cat to do while you’re away from home.