Deep Play: John Gay and the Invention of Modernity

Dianne Dugaw


Deep Play: John Gay and the Invention of Modernity

Deep Play: John Gay and the Invention of Modernity

  • Title: Deep Play: John Gay and the Invention of Modernity
  • Author: Dianne Dugaw
  • ISBN: 9781611491951
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Hardcover



Deep Play examines the emergence of modern self and social consciousness in eighteenth century Britain as an awareness of class and culture It examines popular ballads and songs, country dances, catches, mumming plays, beliefs and sayings, fables, stories, and legends as these plebeian cultural materials are brought by Gay to comment on polite opera, drama, and liter Deep Play examines the emergence of modern self and social consciousness in eighteenth century Britain as an awareness of class and culture It examines popular ballads and songs, country dances, catches, mumming plays, beliefs and sayings, fables, stories, and legends as these plebeian cultural materials are brought by Gay to comment on polite opera, drama, and literature.


Recent Comments "Deep Play: John Gay and the Invention of Modernity"

The book begins with an account of Gay's (mis)treatment in literary history. So far, so good. When the text turns to discussing Gay's various works, it is at its best when it reads contextually. The finest examples of this occur in the text's explanations of how various airs and ballads were reconfigured by Gay in his ballad operas. Occasionally these readings are made tenuous by Dugaw's straining for connections that are, at best, murky. To take just one example, the claim that Jacobite reconfi [...]


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