Another low-book month due to research commitments and overall exhaustion!
Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates: Erving Goffman
I’ve been putting off reading this, because I usually find the early, theoretical seminal works to be dense and brain-hurty, but this was actually very clear and written in a refreshingly unencumbered manner. I did struggle to maintain focus, but I think that’s partially due to the four-essay format, and I think that I’d have done better to read each essay individually rather than the book as a whole.
Psychiatry for the Rich: A History of Ticehurst Private Asylum 1792-1917: Charlotte MacKenzie
A very detailed study of a single institution with good reference to the wider historical environment.
Solutions and Other Problems: Allie Brosh
I think it’s doing this book a disservice to put it in the humour category, because a lot of this isn’t funny and is actually quite deeply depressing. It’s graphic memoir and it’s very good at being that, but on the whole it isn’t humour at all. I still enjoyed it, although I probably would have chosen a different time to read it had I known what the content would mostly be.
A Generous Confidence: Thomas Story Kirkbride and the Art of Asylum-Keeping, 1840-1883: Nancy Tomes
A detailed account of the Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane over multiple decades through the lens of its superintendent.
A Social History of Madness: Stories of the Insane: Roy Porter
A well-written and very interesting book that was, unfortunately, not very relevant to my own research!