CFP: [Renaissance] Boredom avant la letter in early modern England (5/15/08; RSA 2009)

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Christopher DAddario
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Boredom avant la lettre in Early Modern England
RSA Los Angeles 2009

The origins of boredom as a category of experience for English men and
women have largely been traced to the mid-eighteenth century. However,
individuals much earlier expressed their tiredness with the world as is,
their dissatisfaction with everyday life. Medieval moralists understood
“acedia” as a spiritual state signaling an absence of caring and apathy.
The French word “ennui” seemingly crossed the channel with the returning
Royalists in 1660. This panel seeks papers that explore early modern
English writers or artists concerned with the mundane side of everyday life
and/or objects. Potential topics include: melancholy and daily life,
material culture and “boredom,” the new philosophy and novel perceptions of
disaffected individuality, or distinctly apathetic expressions of political

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