Flaneuse : Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London by Lauren Elkin

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  • Title: Flaneuse : Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London
  • Author: Lauren Elkin
  • Category: Biography
  • Date: 07/27/17
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: 336
  • ISBN: 99593378

 

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*Shortlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay* Selected as a Book of the Year 2016 by the Financial Times, Guardian, New Statesman, Observer, The Millions and Emerald Street ‘Flaneuse [flanne-euhze], noun, from the French. Feminine type of flaneur [flanne-euhr], an loafer, a dawdling observer, often discovered in cities. That is an imaginary definition.’ If the phrase flaneur conjures up visions of Baudelaire, boulevards and bohemia – then what precisely is a flaneuse? In this gloriously provocative and celebratory guide, Lauren Elkin defines her as `a decided resourceful lady keenly attuned to the inventive potential of the metropolis, and the liberating potentialities of a very good stroll’. Part cultural meander, half memoir, Flaneuse traces the relationship between the metropolis and creativity via a journey that begins in New York and strikes us to Paris, through Venice, Tokyo and London, exploring alongside the manner the paths taken by the flaneuses who’ve lived and walked in these cities. From nineteenth-century novelist George Sand to artist Sophie Calle, from conflict correspondent Martha Gellhorn to film-maker Agnes Varda, Flaneuse considers what’s at stake when a sure type of light-footed lady encounters the metropolis and adjustments her life, one step at a time. present more

 

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