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On the first day, I introduce this by reading two crucial paragraphs in my syllabus, but through his acedia it seems only Peanuts-like teacher babbling "Waaaa Humbannnums Summbum annnow annnummmmorill duh" The paragraph acts in effect as a defining clause in the contract that the syllabus actually represents in a court of law (according to SD Regental counsel forcefully expressed to us faculty).
Norris, in Acedia & me, includes a reference to a notebook entry by E Scott Fitzgerald in which he describes boredom in contemplative terms, as not "'an end product' but as an important and necessary 'stage in life and art,' acting like a filter that allows 'the clear product to emerge"' (41).
In her forthcoming book Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life (Riverhead Books), Norris explores acedia through monastic literature, contemporary culture, and reflection on her marriage, including the debilitating illness and death of her husband, David Dwyer.
Although it is not always haunted by acedia ("indolence of the heart"), mourning need not be given over in every instance to the regressive fate of a historicism bent on permanence and fixity, sustained by and endorsing an empathy with history's victorious hegemonies.
In chapter 5, Wells chronicles in depth Spenser's movement from love melancholy to its medieval antecedent, acedia, as famously did Petrarch in his Secretuin, by showing in Arthur's dream of a Faerie Queene how the lost object can be replaced with a substitute sign.
2) The Seven Deadly Sins are superbia (pride), invidia (envy), ira (anger/wrath), acedia (sloth), avaritia (avarice/greed), gula (gluttony), and luxuria (lust).
camp may be traced back to his redefining of acedia here in Dangling Man
64) Although the graphic details can readily be explained as drawing on traditional iconographic representations of acedia, Abraham's description is, nevertheless, troubling--an extension of his initial self-deception.
Those who refuse to accept the human condition are thus said to suffer from acedia, a kind of sloth that in Kierkegaard's words amounts to a "despairing refusal to be oneself.
People suffering from acedia might see the world clearly enough, yet lose hope in God; they would fear God.
For instance, consider the example of acedia, sloth, boredom--that condition of listless disengagement so characteristic of the modern soul.