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Deep play : John Gay and the invention of modernity

Author: Dianne Dugaw
Publisher: Newark [Del.] : University of Delaware Press ; London : Associated University Presses, ©2001.
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"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,  Read more...
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Dugaw, Dianne.
Deep play.
Newark [Del.] : University of Delaware Press ; London : Associated University Presses, ©2001
(OCoLC)606481197
Named Person: John Gay; John Gay
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dianne Dugaw
ISBN: 0874137314 9780874137316
OCLC Number: 44019137
Description: 322 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Metaleptic methods: 1. The beggar's opera in the twentieth century : Brecht, Havel, and Ayckbourn rewrite Macheath ; 2. Dangerous sissy : the life of John Gay and the making of a "manly" canon ; 3. Apollo, Bowzybeus, and Molly Mog : popular culture, print markets, and oral traditions ; 4. Virgil upended : literary tradition, mock pastoral, and social rank --
pt. 2. Mapping the new order : rank and mobility, gender and sexuality, culture and nature: 5. Village mumming on an urban stage: The what-d'ye-call-it and Three hours after marriage ; 6. Opera, gender, and social strata : Gay and Handel's Aci and Galatea ; 7. Popular songs and the politics of heroism : the "beggar's" operas ; 8. Country dancing and the satire of empire in Polly ; 9. Sexuality, the middling sort, and the invention of "camp" : Achilles in petticoats ; 10. Lessons of the "natural" world from Gay to William Blake : the animal fables.
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Examines the emergence of modern self- and social-consciousness in the works of the eighteenth-century playwright  Read more...

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