Articles about Eighteenth-Century British History And Culture

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”.