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Worrying: a literary and cultural history

Worrying: a literary and cultural history

O'Gorman, Francis, author

Worrying: A Literary and Cultural History suggests a unique approach to the inner life and its ordinary pains. Francis O'Gorman charts the emergence of our contemporary idea of worry in the Victorian era and its establishment, after the First World War, as a feature of modernity. For some writers between the Wars, worry was the "disease of the age." Worrying examines the everyday kind of worry-the fearful, non-pathological, and usually hidden questioning about uncertain futures. It shows worry to be a natural companion in a world where we try to live by reason and believe we have the right to choose, finding in the worrier a peculiarly contemporary sufferer whose mental life is not only exceptionally familiar, but also deeply strange. 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 often that it has become invisible in its familiarity, Worrying explores how the modern world has shaped our everyday anxieties

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Published London: Bloomsbury, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: Francis O'Gorman
ISBN: 1441143602, 9781441143600
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Formerly CIP.
Physical Description: xxvi, 173 pages : 1 illustration
Subject: Modern philosophy: since c 1800; Psychology; Psychology: emotions; History: theory & methods; Literary studies: general; Cultural studies; Worry.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781501320323


  1. Preface
  2. 1. But woe is me, you are so sick of late
  3. 2. O day and night, but this is wondrous strange!
  4. 3. The time is out of joint
  5. 4. Accept distracted thanks
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Bibliography
  8. Index