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The Flâneur Abroad

Historical and International Perspectives

Editor(s): Richard Wrigley
Contributors: Christian Deuling, Claire Gheerardyn, Kevin Milburn, Dr Kathrin Yacavone, Prof. Daniel Acke, Oliver O'Hanlon,

Book Description

This volume offers new perspectives on a crucial figure of nineteenth-century cultural history – the flâneur. Recent writing on the flâneur has given little sustained attention to the widespread adaptation of the flâneur outside Paris, let alone outside France and indeed Europe, whether in the form of historic antecedents, modern sequels, or contemporary echoes. Yet it is clear that the allure of the flâneur’s persona has led to its translation and adoption far beyond Parisian boulevards and passages, and this in different media and literary genres. This volume maps some of the flâneur’s travels and transpositions. How far the flâneur is dependent on Paris as a milieu is opened up for questioning: for all the international dispersal of this idea and model, in some sense Paris is always present, if only as a reference to kick against or replace. When modern flâneurs step out in foreign cities, how much of a Parisian ethos clings to them, however they might claim independence? Cities which provide counterpoints to Paris discussed here are Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Le Havre, London, Madrid, New York, Prague, and St Petersburg. This internationalised view also reconsiders the nature of the flâneur, and revises stereotypes based on Walter Benjamin’s account of Baudelaire. Another key feature is the chapters which analyse the flâneur in terms of visual representations, whether graphic illustration, streetscapes, urban design, cinema, or album covers (related to musical examples from the 1950s to the present).


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-6016-1
ISBN-10: 1-4438-6016-6
Date of Publication: 01/08/2014
Pages / Size: 402 / A5
Price: £49.99


Richard Wrigley is Professor of Art History at the University of Nottingham. His publications include The Origins of French Art Criticism (Oxford University Press, 1993), The Politics of Appearances: Representations of Dress in the French Revolution (Berg, 2002), and most recently Roman Fever: Influence, Infection, and the Image of Rome (Yale University Press, 2013).