RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 44019137 LA English T1 Deep play : John Gay and the invention of modernity A1 Dugaw, Dianne., PB University of Delaware Press ; Associated University Presses PP Newark [Del.]; London YR 2001 SN 0874137314 9780874137316 AB "A major rereading of John Gay, this study shows that Gay's satiric preoccupations disclose the key intellectual, ethical, aesthetic, and sociopolitical underpinnings of the modern era. Such works as The Beggar's Opera, Trivia, Achilles, and The Shepherd's Week map the dynamics of the emerging capitalist order of eighteenth-century Britain. Distinguishing "popular" from "polite" culture and making rich use of both, Gay's satires encode the stratifying categories of our modern world of striving individuals: genders, social classes, ethnic and racial identities, and sexual orientations. "Deep Play" uncovers a diverse cultural context for Gay's work, providing song texts, musical examples, dance diagrams, portraits and engravings."--BOOK JACKET.