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Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and…

by Lauren Elkin

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While it contains some interesting descriptions of the various uprisings in Paris, I did find myself wondering whether any happy women wander the streets of large cities for fun.
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“She is the wanderer, bum, emigre, refugee, deportee, rambler, strolling player. sometimes she would like to be a settler, but curiosity, grief,and disaffection forbid it.”
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On a street in Paris, a woman pauses to light a cigarette.
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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.

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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 Elkin. She takes us on a 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. 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.… (more)

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