John Gay, Bertolt Brecht, and urbanized opera
Merchant, P. 2020. John Gay, Bertolt Brecht, and urbanized opera. in: Tambling, J. (ed.) Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban Literary Studies Living Edition Palgrave Macmillan.
Both the design and the detail of John Gay’s play The Beggar’s Opera (1728) serve to situate it solidly in Georgian London. A new urban sensibility permeates the work, and a means of treating “low” subject-matter is found that would blaze a trail for later writers. In particular, The Beggar’s Opera sows the seeds of its spectacular twentieth-century remaking by Bertolt Brecht. Brecht’s play responds to city culture as fully and as unflinchingly as Gay’s did.
|Keywords||Adaptation; Artistic collaboration; Bathos and parodic contrast; Street ballads; Urban imaginaries; Urbanized opera|
|Book title||Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban Literary Studies Living Edition|
|Online||17 Nov 2020|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||29 Jun 2020|
|Deposited||18 Jan 2021|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-62592-8_269-1|
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