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

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"The flâneur is the quintessentially masculine figure of privilege and leisure who strides the capitals of the world with abandon. But it is the flâneuse who captures the imagination of the cultural critic Lauren Elkin. In her wonderfully gender-bending new book, the flâneuse 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 Tiffany’s; and Patti Smith did it in her own inimitable style in 1970s New York. Part cultural meander, part memoir, Flâneuse 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 she’s lived. We are shown the paths beaten by such flâneuses 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, Flâneuse will inspire you to light out for the great cities yourself.
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2017
Edition: First American edition
Description: 317 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780374156046
Branch Call Number: 305.4 Elk


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Aug 04, 2017

This is an incredibly interesting and detailed book about women. It could be related to feminism as this book has a lot of these aspects. This book also shows a vast variety of different places as each chapter focuses on a different city/country, from Japan to Italy and America. This also gives you information about different historical periods and the author is able to relate the past to the present. This book is definitely well written but an issue that continues happening is that the author gets off point in the text multiple times, thus making it quite difficult to read/understand. But if you like books with many different cultures or you love to read about history and the women included, I would say give this book a chance!
- @TheCollector of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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