Boredom Studies is an increasingly rich and vital area of contemporary research that examines the experience of boredom as an importan â€“ even quintessential â€“ condition of modern life. This anthology of newly commissioned essays focuses on the historical and theoretical potential of this modern condition, connecting boredom studies with parallel discourses such as affect theory and highlighting possible avenues of future research. Spanning sociology, history, art, philosophy and cultural studies, the book considers boredom as a mass response to the atrophy of experience characteristic of a highly mechanised and urbanised social life.
Table of Contents
0.0. â€˜Monotonous Splendour: An Introduction to Boredom Studiesâ€™, Julian Jason Haladyn and Michael E. Gardiner â€“ p. 1
Part 1: Boredom and Subjectivity
1.1. â€˜â€˜Between Affect and History: The Rhetoric of Modern Boredomâ€™, (Elizabeth S. Goodstein)
1.2. â€˜The Dialectic of Lassitude: A Reflexive Investigationâ€™, (Barry Sandywell)
1.3. â€˜The Life That is Not Purely Oneâ€™s Own: Michel Henry and Boredom as an Affectâ€™, (Antonio Calcagno)
Part 2: Boredom and Visual Culture
2.1. â€˜Entertainment: Contemporary Artâ€™s Cure for Boredomâ€™, (Frances Colpitt)
2.2. â€˜Boring Cool People: Some Cases of British Boredomâ€™, (Elizabeth Legge)
2.3. â€˜The Universal Foreground: Ordinary Landscapes and Boring Photographsâ€™, (Eugenie Shinkle)
3.1. â€˜#Boredom: Technology, Acceleration, and Connected Presence in the Social Media Ageâ€™, (Martin Hand)
3.2. â€˜Kierkegaard on Boredom and Self-Loss in the Age of Online Datingâ€™, (Kevin Aho)
3.3. â€˜Overload, Boredom and the Aesthetics of Textingâ€™, (Sharday Mosurinjohn)
Part 4: Boredom and its Discontents
4.1 â€˜Boredom and the Banality of Powerâ€™, (Saikat Majumdar)
4.3 â€˜Everyday Life between Boredom and Fatigueâ€™, (Eran Dorfman)
4.4 â€˜Attention and the Cause of Modern Boredomâ€™, (Erik Ringmar)
Part 5: Boredomâ€™s Futures
5.1. â€˜Boredom and the Meaning of Lifeâ€™, (Lars Svendsen)
5.2. â€˜Boredom and the Origin of
Michael E. Gardiner is Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, where he is also a core faculty member of the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism. He teaches on social theory, everyday life and the sociology of utopia.
Julian Jason Haladyn is an art historian and professor at OCAD University. He is the author of Boredom and Art: Passions of the Will to Boredom (Zero Books, 2014) and Marcel Duchamp: Ã‰tant donnÃ©s (Afterall, 2010), as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters on art and critical theory.