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Exhaustion: A History

Anna Katharina Schaffner


Today our fatigue feels chronic; our anxieties, amplified. Proliferating technologies command our attention. Many people complain of burnout, and economic instability and the threat of ecological catastrophe fill us with dread. We look to the past, imagining life to have once been simpler and slower, but extreme mental and physical stress is not a modern syndrome. Beginning in classical antiquity, this book demonstrates how exhaustion has always been with us and helps us evaluate more critically the narratives we tell ourselves about the phenomenon. Medical, cultural, literary, and biographica ... More

Keywords: Exhaustion, Fatigue, weariness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231172301
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172301.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Katharina Schaffner, author
University of Kent

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