Flâneuse

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

  • Published: Aug 30, 2020

FINALIST FOR THE PENDIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY A New York Times Notable Book of 2017 The flneur is the quintessentially masculine figure of privilege and leisure who strides the capitals of the world with abandon. But it is the... read more

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Details of Flâneuse

Exact title of the book
Flâneuse
Book author
Lauren Elkin
ISBN
9780374537432
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Feb 06, 2018
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
336
File size (in PDF)
3024 kB

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FINALIST FOR THE PENDIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY A New York Times Notable Book of 2017 The flneur is the quintessentially masculine figure of privilege and leisure who strides the capitals of the world with abandon. But it is the flneuse who captures the imagination of the cultural critic Lauren Elkin. In her wonderfully gender-bending new book, the flneuse is a "determined, resourceful individual keenly attuned to the creative potential of the city and the liberating possibilities of a good walk." Virginia Woolf called it "street haunting"; Holly Golightly epitomized it in Breakfast at Tiffanys; and Patti Smith did it in her own inimitable style in 1970s New York.

Part cultural meander, part memoir, Flneuse takes us on a distinctly cosmopolitan jaunt that begins in New York, where Elkin grew up, and transports us to Paris via Venice, Tokyo, and London, all cities in which shes lived. We are shown the paths beaten by such flneuses as the cross-dressing nineteenth-century novelist George Sand, the Parisian artist Sophie Calle, the wartime correspondent 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 the sometimes exhilarating, sometimes fraught relationship that women have with the metropolis.

Called "deliciously spiky and seditious" by The Guardian, Flneuse will inspire you to light out for the great cities yourself.

About author

Elkin's essays have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times Book Review, frieze, and The Times Literary Supplement, and she is a contributing editor at The White Review. A native New Yorker, she moved to Paris in 2004. Currently living on the Right Bank after years on the Left, she can generally be found ambling around Belleville.

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