In the Wellcome Library: Stoddart and Smart

During today’s post-lunch recovery phase at the Wellcome Library, I found a short book by William Henry Butter Stoddart (1868-1950) an eminent practitioner in the field of ‘mental diseases’ in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His 1908 textbook The Mind and its Disorders was a key text for doctors interested in emerging ideas about psychology … More In the Wellcome Library: Stoddart and Smart

‘Let the past and its oddness provoke us’ – A day at the Oxford Centre for Life Writing, by Corrina Connor

Originally posted on OBERTO:
Biography and life-writing are often central to musicology, and to opera studies in particular. Although my own research does not involve writing a biography of any particular performer, I am investigating the professional – and also the personal – lives of a number of singers who worked at the Theater an…

Virginia Woolf at the National Portrait Gallery

‘Why must all these b***** people leave it until the last minute?’ said an exquisitely- and artistically-dressed woman of considerable antiquity in tones  as close to High Bloomsbury as 2014 could produce. Well, it seemed a case of pot/kettle, as she was also visiting Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision on its penultimate day. But perhaps … More Virginia Woolf at the National Portrait Gallery