menu

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




Overview -

FINALIST FOR THE PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY

A New York Times Notable Book of 2017

The fl neur is the quintessentially masculine figure of privilege and leisure who strides the capitals of the world with abandon. But it is the fl neuse who captures the imagination of the cultural critic Lauren Elkin. In her wonderfully gender-bending new book, the fl neuse 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, Fl neuse 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 fl neuses 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, Fl neuse will inspire you to light out for the great cities yourself.

  Read Full Product Description
 
local_shippingFor Delivery
In Stock.
FREE Shipping for Club Members help
 
storeBuy Online Pickup At Store
search store by zipcode

 
 
New & Used Marketplace 69 copies from $3.95
 
 
 
 

More About Flâneuse by Lauren Elkin

 
 
 

Overview

FINALIST FOR THE PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY

A New York Times Notable Book of 2017

The fl neur is the quintessentially masculine figure of privilege and leisure who strides the capitals of the world with abandon. But it is the fl neuse who captures the imagination of the cultural critic Lauren Elkin. In her wonderfully gender-bending new book, the fl neuse 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, Fl neuse 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 fl neuses 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, Fl neuse will inspire you to light out for the great cities yourself.


 

Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374537432
  • ISBN-10: 0374537437
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publish Date: February 2018
  • Page Count: 336
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds


Related Categories

 

BAM Customer Reviews