ISBN : 9780198812425
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