Worrying

A Literary and Cultural History
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ISBN-13:
9781441151292
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
16.07.2015
Seiten:
192
Autor:
Francis O'Gorman
Gewicht:
380 g
Format:
224x149x22 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Francis O'Gorman is from English, Irish, and Hungarian families and was educated at the University of Oxford as Organ Scholar of Lady Margaret Hall. He has written or edited twenty books, mostly on English literature, and his many essays discuss literature, mental health, music, and the state of the modern university. His most recent piece of creative non-fiction is a memoir, Forgetfulness (2016). He is a Professor in the School of English at the University of Leeds, UK.
Worrying: A Literary and Cultural History is a unique approach to the inner life and its ordinary pains. It charts the emergence of our contemporary conception of worry, which originated with the Victorians and became established after the First World War as a feature of modernity. Worry was, for some writers between the Wars, the 'disease of the age.' Worrying considers worry - a fearful, non-pathological, and usually hidden questioning about uncertain futures - which is every day. It offers a short history of worry as it came into language in the early twentieth century and a long history. This is an account of worry as a natural companion in a world where we try to live by reason and believe we have the right to choose. It finds in the worrier a peculiarly contemporary sufferer, whose mental life is not only exceptionally familiar but deeply strange. This book suggests that when we take worry into account, we realize just how little we know of others.Offering an intimately personal account of an all too common human experience, and of a word that slips in and out of ordinary conversation so that it has become invisible in its familiarity, Worrying is a book about the sadness of everyday and how the modern world has shaped it.
Worrying: A Literary and Cultural History charts the emergence of our contemporary conception of worry, which originated with the Victorians and became established after the First World War as a feature of modernity. It was, for some writers between the Wars, the 'disease of the age.'Worrying considers the quotidian kind of worry - the fearful, non-pathological, and hidden questioning about uncertain future. Francis O'Gorman offers both a cultural and a linguistic history of worry, culminating in an account of worry as the natural bedfellow of a world in which we try to live by reason and believe we have the right to choose. It finds in the worrier a peculiar contemporary sufferer, whose world is not only exceptionally familiar but deeply strange.

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