“Deep Play”: John Gay and the Invention of Modernity

by Dianne Dugaw

Hardback • 2001 • $95.00
ISBN: 978-1611491951

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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.