Course Description

What is boredom? Are some people more prone to boredom than others? Do animals also suffer from boredom? What is the science of boredom? Is boredom the product of recent history or does it have a history? What is the place of boredom in the modern world? Is it hindered or is it encouraged by modern technology? What role has boredom played in the history of ideas, literature, and art? Confront the myth that boredom is no more than a childish emotion but rather that boredom is a universal emotion that has been experienced by humans throughout history, and that it is as inspirational as it is useful. Students are welcome to review prior to class and/or bring a copy of Boredom: A Lively History (Yale University Press, 2011) to class.

Course Details

Peter Toohey

Instructor: Peter Toohey, PhD

Peter Toohey is a professor of classics in the Department of Classics and Religion at the University of Calgary. He was educated in Melbourne, Australia and in Toronto. He has been at the University of Calgary for the last 14 years, after many years teaching in his native Australia. His most recent book is Boredom: A Lively History (Yale 2011/2012).


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