"Deep play" : John Gay and the invention of modernity /
Dianne Dugaw.
Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c2001.
322 p. : ill.
0874137314 (alk. paper)
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Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c2001.
0874137314 (alk. paper)
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-07-01:
Author of Warrior Women and Popular Balladry, 1650-1850 (1989; republished with a new preface, 1996), Dugaw (Univ. of Oregon) has contributed often to collections of essays about gender and about folk and popular literatures in 18th-century England. Accordingly, she is well qualified to present this excellent and consistently interesting study, which places Gay's work in the context of popular literature, balladry, and mumming. If "Deep Play" were simply a survey of Gay's plays, poems, and fables and their origins it would be good, but the book is much more and much better than a survey. Taking as her starting point the continued popularity of The Beggar's Opera in adaptations by Bertolt Brecht, Vaclav Havel, and Alan Ayckbourn, Dugaw mounts a vigorous defense of Gay against critical evaluations that have been prejudiced by homophobia and snobbery. Additionally, because Dugaw holds a musicology degree and is a musician, she is also well qualified to examine the ballad origins of what she calls Gay's "multimedia satires." Generously illustrated, this is a very fine book for all academic collections and for large public collections. J. Wilkinson emeritus, Youngstown State University
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"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. Illustrated.

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