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Book Title: Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London|
Date of issue: February 21st 2017
ISBN 13: 9780374715892
The author of the book: Lauren Elkin
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 530 KB
Edition: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Read full description of the books Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London:An exhilarating, gender-bending walk through the lives of women who are enlivened by cities
A flâneuse is, in Lauren Elkin’s words, “a determined resourceful woman keenly attuned to the creative potential of the city, and the liberating possibilities of a good walk.” Virginia Woolf called it “streethaunting,” Holly Golightly epitomized it in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Patti Smith did it in her own inimitable style in 1960s New York.
Part cultural meander, part memoir, Flâneuse traces the relationship between singular women and their cities as a way to map her own life—a journey that begins in New York and takes us to Paris, via Venice, Tokyo, and London—including the paths beaten by such flâneuses as the cross-dressing, nineteenth-century novelist George Sand, the Parisian artist Sophie Calle, the journalist Martha Gellhorn, and the writer Jean Rhys. With tenacity and insight, Elkin creates a mosaic of what urban settings have meant to women, charting through literature, art, history, and film women’s sometimes liberating, sometimes fraught relationship to the metropolis.
Read information about the authorBorn and raised in New York, but based in Paris since 2004, Lauren Elkin joined the American University of Paris in 2014. She received her doctorate in English literature jointly from the Université de Paris VII and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her work focuses on twentieth-century literature in Britain, the US, and France, with particular emphasis on gender, place, and feminist aesthetics. Her dissertation connected narratological readings of women’s modernist writing with a phenomenological understanding of the self in the world, through an examination of the ways in which the senses become a tool for British women novelists to address the ever-shifting social context of the late modern moment. She is also very interested in photography, life-writing, psychoanalysis, and the 20th century French avant-garde, from the Surrealists to the Situationists to the Oulipo, and co-authored, with Scott Esposito, The End of Oulipo? A working literary critic and literary journalist, Professor Elkin has also published fiction and several translations, and hosts a reading series at Shakespeare & Company called The Art of Criticism. Her most recent book, Flâneuse: Essays in Wandering, will be published by Chatto & Windus in 2015.
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