Although music historians have begun to consider some of the broad implications of large-scale digitization, the shift from traditional library- or archive-based methods of research to speculative Internet text searching remains largely invisible within an unchanged scholarly apparatus of footnotes and bibliographies. As a result, quirky details become easier to find, yet that ease is itself concealed, perhaps, this article argues, because to admit it might occasion a variety of academic shame.
Benjamin Walton is University Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. His research focuses on the transnational history of nineteenth-century opera, quirky or not.
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Benjamin Walton; Quirk Shame. Representations 1 November 2015; 132 (1): 121–129. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2015.132.1.121
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