Haunted by Boredom

Sara Crangle

in Prosaic Desires

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780748640850
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651955 | DOI:
Haunted by Boredom

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This chapter discusses the concept of ‘non-being’, or boredom, as it is used by Woolf in some of her works, revealing Woolf's personal desire to create, which often emerges from ennui, a process she expresses in her diaries. It then presents a close reading of Woolf's ‘The Lady in the Looking-Glass: a Reflection’, and examines the story's oscillations between Levinasian and Heideggerean approaches to ennui.

Keywords: boredom; non-being; personal desire; ennui; Levinasian approach; Heideggerean approach; Looking-Glass

Chapter.  14729 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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