The Eighteenth Century

Theory and Interpretation

The Value of “Nothing”: Ballads in The Beggar's Opera
The Eighteenth Century (2004) Vol. 45, No. 3, pp. 265-283

In John Brewer's recent but already influential The Pleasures of the Imagination, The Beggar's Opera serves as a central example of the “borrowing and pastiche” used by eighteenth-century artists to respond to a “new cultural world”.


The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation fosters theoretical and interpretive research on all aspects of Western culture from 1660 to 1830. The editors take special interest in essays that apply innovative contemporary methodologies to the study of eighteenth-century literature, history, science, fine arts, and popular culture. Previously a triannual, in 2010 ECTI debuted as a quarterly journal.

Publisher University of Pennsylvania Press
Country United States of America
ISSN (Print) 0193-5380
ISSN (Online) 1935-0201
Indexed 1 article
Licence Paid Access

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