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‘Nauceious and Abominable’? Pollution, Plague, and Poetics in John Gay's Trivia

Mark Jenner

in Walking the Streets of Eighteenth-Century London: John Gay's Trivia (1716)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199280728
eISBN:
9780191700149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280728.003.0006
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

Critics have often noted how John Gay's poem Trivia: or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London repeatedly draws attention to the multifarious hazards of urban pollution. This chapter ranges across ... More


Sharing Public Spaces

Susan E. Whyman

in Walking the Streets of Eighteenth-Century London: John Gay's Trivia (1716)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199280728
eISBN:
9780191700149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280728.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

This chapter examines the concept of public space and asks how individuals move through and interact in public arenas. It compares London street life in John Gay's Trivia: or, the Art of Walking the ... More


Introduction

Clare Brant and Susan e. Whyman

in Walking the Streets of Eighteenth-Century London: John Gay's Trivia (1716)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199280728
eISBN:
9780191700149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280728.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

This book provides a window into the world of eighteenth-century London for all who are interested in history, literature, and the city. It invites students and teachers to take a walk along the ... More


Artless and Artful: John Gay's Trivia

Clare Brant

in Walking the Streets of Eighteenth-Century London: John Gay's Trivia (1716)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199280728
eISBN:
9780191700149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280728.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

This chapter highlights mud and analyses the jokes, games, and witty play of language found in John Gay's poem Trivia: or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London. At the same time, it illustrates ... More


Street Style: Dress in John Gay's Trivia

Aileen Ribeiro

in Walking the Streets of Eighteenth-Century London: John Gay's Trivia (1716)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199280728
eISBN:
9780191700149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280728.003.0009
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

This chapter deals with material culture using John Gay's poem Trivia: or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London as a visual source. It shows how clothes were important in ways that were ... More


Pope’s Ethical Thinking: Passion and Irony in Dialogue: 2011 Chatterton Lecture on Poetry

Christopher Tilmouth

in Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 181, 2010-2011 Lectures

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780197265277
eISBN:
9780191754203
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265277.003.0002
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This lecture examines Alexander Pope's depictions of passion and sentiment in a range of early writings, including his ‘Prologue’ to Addison's Cato, Eloisa to Abelard and An Essay on Man. It then ... More


Gay's Trivia: Walking the Streets of Rome

Susanna Morton Braund

in Walking the Streets of Eighteenth-Century London: John Gay's Trivia (1716)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199280728
eISBN:
9780191700149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280728.003.0010
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

This chapter deals with the concept of time, which is most frequently thought of as the province of the historian who looks for change and continuity over various periods. Based on literary theory ... More


Fiordispina’s English Afterlives: From Harington to Ali Smith

Ita Mac Carthy

in Ariosto, the Orlando Furioso and English Culture

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780197266502
eISBN:
9780191884221
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266502.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This essay examines the fortunes in English literature of one of Ariosto’s minor characters, the Spanish princess Fiordispina. It focuses, in particular, on the very different ways in which English ... More


Faces and Crowds: Biography in the City

Philip Carter

in Walking the Streets of Eighteenth-Century London: John Gay's Trivia (1716)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199280728
eISBN:
9780191700149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280728.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

This chapter focuses on one specific male walker — the mysterious persona of John Gay's Trivia: or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London — who imparts advice throughout the poem. It offers a ... More


Walking the Streets of Eighteenth-Century London: John Gay's Trivia (1716)

Clare Brant and Susan E. Whyman (eds)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199280728
eISBN:
9780191700149
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280728.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

This book is about literature and history, and the city of London. It invites the reader to walk along the dirty, crowded, and fascinating streets of 18th-century London in an unusual way. Nine ... More


‘All besides the Rail, rangʼd Beggars lie’: Trivia and the Public Poverty of Early Eighteenth-Century London

Tim Hitchcock

in Walking the Streets of Eighteenth-Century London: John Gay's Trivia (1716)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199280728
eISBN:
9780191700149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280728.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

This chapter graphically describes beggars and the urban poor through a web of complex stories about their lives. In John Gay's poem Trivia: or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London, London is ... More


The Walker Beset: Gender in the Early Eighteenth-Century City

Margaret R. Hunt

in Walking the Streets of Eighteenth-Century London: John Gay's Trivia (1716)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199280728
eISBN:
9780191700149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280728.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

This chapter explores gender relations by reading John Gay's poem Trivia: or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London as a setting in which women are represented as emblems of corruption to be ... More


John Gay’s Overloaded Languages

Janet Sorensen

in Strange Vernaculars: How Eighteenth-Century Slang, Cant, Provincial Languages, and Nautical Jargon Became English

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691169026
eISBN:
9781400885169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691169026.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter turns to John Gay's method of deploying cant languages, which marks a return to its older associations with violation and outsiders in order to represent a Britain in which self-serving ... More


Spatial Stories: Movement in the City and Cultural Geography

Alison Stenton

in Walking the Streets of Eighteenth-Century London: John Gay's Trivia (1716)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199280728
eISBN:
9780191700149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280728.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

In considering John Gay's poem Trivia: or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London (1716), with its descriptions of London street life at the turn of the eighteenth century, a geographic approach ... More


Trivia: Or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London

Mr. Gay

in Walking the Streets of Eighteenth-Century London: John Gay's Trivia (1716)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199280728
eISBN:
9780191700149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280728.003.0011
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

This chapter presents John Gay's poem Trivia: or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London, which is divided into Books I, II, and III. Book I is about implements for walking the streets of London ... More


‘The Great Business of Poetry’: Poets, Pastoral, and Politics

Margaret J. M. Ezell

in The Oxford English Literary History: Volume V: 1645-1714: The Later Seventeenth Century

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780198183112
eISBN:
9780191847158
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198183112.003.0028
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Many poets first appeared in print in miscellanies published by John Dryden and Jacob Tonson that appeared in the 1690s and continued to be published through the first two decades of the eighteenth ... More


Beggar’s Holiday

Howard Pollack

in The Ballad of John Latouche: An American Lyricist's Life and Work

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780190458294
eISBN:
9780190458324
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190458294.003.0014
Subject:
Music, History, American

December 1946 witnessed the premiere of Beggar’s Holiday, a new show with book and lyrics by Latouche and music by Duke Ellington. The work was an updated interracial version of John Gay’s The ... More


‘Of the rage, sing Goddess’: Epic Opera

Margaret Reynolds

in Epic Performances from the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198804215
eISBN:
9780191842412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198804215.003.0035
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The ‘anger of Achilles’ begins the Iliad and the whole of the Western literary canon. Opera often portrays anger, whether in the stile concitato of Monteverdi or the revenge duets of Verdi. But many ... More


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