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Ralph Clare

Photo of Ralph Clare sitting near a window.

Ralph Clare, associate professor of English,¬†published an essay on boredom and contemporary literature on the Institute of Art and Ideas website. The essay, “How We Think of Our Lives: Boredom in Contemporary Literature,” explores the themes of boredom and attention in contemporary novels by David Foster Wallace, Ottessa Moshfegh, Tao Lin and Ben Lerner. It argues that boredom in art and literature can lead to positive things.