Charles Dibdin and Late Georgian Culture

ISBN : 9780198812425

Oskar Cox Jensen
272 ページ
156 x 234 mm




Aimed at scholars across several disciplines, Charles Dibdin and Late Georgian Culture centres on the professional life of one, very significant historical songwriter, performer, and theatre manager, who was central to the invention of the one-man show. It is not a biography, but looks at a single career as a way into exploring all avenues of late Georgian cultural life and how they interconnect in unexpected, complex ways. Unified by the involvement of Dibdin and his two sons, discussions span issues of race, entertainment, music, the press, the theatre, fine art, print culture, naval and military history, Austen studies, gender, politics, identity, and commerce, in a critical period of British and metropolitan history. Fittingly, the book's contributors are leading representatives of many of these fields, who have collaborated on a major re-evaluation of late Georgian culture.


Roger Parker: Foreword; A Chronology of Charles Dibdin; 1 Ian Newman, Oskar Cox Jensen, David Kennerley: Introducing Mr Dibdin; Part One: Dibdin in Context; 2 Felicity Nussbaum: Mungo Here, Mungo 'Der': Dibdin and Racial Performance; 3 Michael Burden: Dibdin at the Royal Circus; 4 Katie Osborn: Interlude 1 Dibdin and Robert Bloomfield: Voicing the Clown in Town; 5 David O' Shaughnessy: The Detail is in The Devil: Dibdin's Patriotism in the 1780s; 6 Judith Hawley: Dibdin and the Dilettantes; Nicola Pritchard-Pink: Interlude 2 Dibdin and Jane Austen: Musical Cultures of Gentry Women; Part Two: Songs in Focus; 7 Oskar Cox Jensen: 'True Courage': A Song in History; 8 Harriet Guest: A Motley Assembly: 'The Margate Hoy'; Nick Grindle: Interlude 3 Dibdin and John Raphael Smith: Print Culture and Fine Art; Part Three: Nineteenth-Century Transitions; 9 Susan Valladares: The Changing Theatrical Economy: Charles Dibdin the Younger at Sadler's Wells, 1814-19; 10 Jim Davis: Writing for Actors: The Dramas of Thomas Dibdin; 11 Isaac Land: Each Song was just like a little Sermon': Dibdin's Victorian Afterlives; Mark Philp: Afterword: Dibdin's Miscellany


Oskar Cox Jensen is a Leverhulme Fellow at Queen Mary University of London. From 2013 to 2017 he was a Research Fellow on the ERC-funded project 'Music in London, 1800-1851' at King's College London. His publications include Napoleon and British Song, 1797-1822 (2015), and The London Ballad-Singer, 1792-1864. With David Kennerley, he is preparing a collection on music and politics, c.1780-1850. He has authored various articles and book chapters, as well as several works of fiction.; David Kennerley is a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the 'Music in London, 1800-1851' project at King's College London. His research explores the history of sound, music, and performance in Britain in the long nineteenth century, with a particular focus on sonic aspects of gender, and of political culture. His work has been published in the Historical Journal, and has featured in a Bodleian Library exhibition and accompanying book on Staging History, 1780-1840. He is currently completing a monograph on female singers in early nineteenth-century Britain, and, with Oskar Cox Jensen, editing a collection of essays on music and politics, c.1780-1850.; Ian Newman is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, and a fellow of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish studies. He specializes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British and Irish literature. His work has appeared in Studies in English Literature, European Romantic Review, Eighteenth-Century Studies, and Studies in Romanticism. He is currently completing a book The Tavern: Literature and Conviviality in the Age of Revolution. He is engaged in a digital project tracing the meeting places of the London Corresponding Society and is a founding editor of the Keats Letters Project.