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  • Title: Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London
  • Author: Lauren Elkin
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Fl neuse flanne euhze , noun, from the French Feminine form of fl neur flanne euhr , an idler, a dawdling observer, usually found in cities.That is an imaginary definition If the word fl neur conjures up visions of Baudelaire, boulevards and bohemia then what exactly is a fl neuse In this gloriously provocative and celebratory book, Lauren Elkin defines her as a de Fl neuse flanne euhze , noun, from the French Feminine form of fl neur flanne euhr , an idler, a dawdling observer, usually found in cities.That is an imaginary definition If the word fl neur conjures up visions of Baudelaire, boulevards and bohemia then what exactly is a fl neuse In this gloriously provocative and celebratory book, Lauren Elkin defines her as a determined resourceful woman keenly attuned to the creative potential of the city, and the liberating possibilities of a good walk Part cultural meander, part memoir, Fl neuse traces the relationship between the city and creativity through a journey that begins in New York and moves us to Paris, via Venice, Tokyo and London, exploring along the way the paths taken by the fl neuses who have lived and walked in those cities.From nineteenth century novelist George Sand to artist Sophie Calle, from war correspondent Martha Gellhorn to film maker Agnes Varda, Fl neuse considers what is at stake when a certain kind of light footed woman encounters the city and changes her life, one step at a time.
    Fl neuse Women Walk the City in Paris New York Tokyo Venice and London Fl neuse flanne euhze noun from the French Feminine form of fl neur flanne euhr an idler a dawdling observer usually found in cities That is an imaginary definition If the word fl neur conjures

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    1. I ve always thought of myself as a flaneur the passionate street wanderer who learns the city by foot ever since the first day I moved to a city Montreal six years ago for undergrad I ve since transplanted to Boston, but the feeling is the same this city is mine, it knows my feet, we trust one another, we know each other s forms, we are familiar with the sensation of physical contact with each other There is no better way to befriend a city than to walk it It has taken me a year, a year during w [...]

    2. In her new book, abridged for radio by Penny Leicester, the author Lauren Elkin strolls great cities, thinking about distinguished women who did the same1 5 She loves the word FLANEUR and then the female version FLANEUSE But historically who were these types, and is there a flaneuse today She also recalls her youthful struggles to walk the New York suburbs.2 5 She describes her own walks through London s Bloomsbury, which takes her back to when Virginia Woolf covered the same route, in her life [...]

    3. BOTWbbc programmes b07mwqf9Description Fl neuse flanne euhze , noun, from the French Feminine form of fl neur flanne euhr , an idler, a dawdling observer, usually found in cities That is an imaginary definition If the word fl neur conjures up visions of Baudelaire, boulevards and bohemia then what exactly is a fl neuse In this gloriously provocative and celebratory book, Lauren Elkin defines her as a determined resourceful woman keenly attuned to the creative potential of the city, and the liber [...]

    4. Raised in New York and now a Paris resident, Lauren Elkin has always felt at home in cities Here she traces how women writers and artists have made the world s great cities their own, blending memoir, social history and literary criticism In a neat example of form flowing from content, the book meanders from city to city and figure to figure My interest waned during later chapters on protesting taking to the streets and the films of Agn s Varda However, especially when she s musing on Martha Gel [...]

    5. I ve seen it argued from various angles that the fl neur is a purely male figure, and not just because of how French works Some writers seem implicitly to accept psychogeography as the sort of spoddy pursuit which, allegedly, only boys are sad enough to love others focus on how much easier it is for men to walk the streets unobjectified and without threat But, without entirely dismissing the latter argument, Elkin is having none of it Here she tells her own story, beginning like so many of us as [...]

    6. This was a disappointment, so because it started off so well It s about the love of the art of walking and gazing in a large city from the perspective of women The author presents much on the history of women walking in Paris and London not much on New York One woman, George Sand she changed her name , during the mid 1800 s dressed as a man so as to be less conspicuous in the street.So the first five chapters were delicious There were many wonderful observations and witticisms on the joys of ci [...]

    7. Historical retrospective of cities and the literary women who haunted their avenues with overlays of Elkin s experiences This is biographical than geographical Elkin explores feminism through the lens of authors lives and their writings Specifically, women s use of city space or exclusion from it It has strong associations to arguments of female confinement and the interiority of their lives, but Elkin emphasizes the subversion of it by artists and writers from historical periods.New YorkTwenty [...]

    8. The first problem with this book is that I ve read better versions of it multiple times Maeve Brennan s The Long Winded Lady, Vivian Gornick s The Odd Woman and the City, Kate Bolick s Spinster even Edmund White s The Flaneur does a better job discussing marginalized groups walking the streets of Paris My favorite fl nerie, I think, is about looking outward observing others, watching the buildings and the streets Elkin s book seems to be primarily about how much she loves France, how much she ha [...]

    9. 20% of this book is about what you think it would be about, and what is has largely been sold as an account of the way notable women artists writers have experienced urban space The other 80% is some very narcissistic, self mythologising, and uninteresting accounts by Elkin of her own privileged and uninteresting life I was very disappointed by this book.

    10. Man o gribas saukt par r p gi izstr d tu p t jumu sievie u emancip cij , ko sniedz iesp ja pils t p rvietoties ar k j m, caur liter t m, fotogr f m, re isor m, m ksliniec m un gr matas autores pa as pieredzi Gr mat savijas pastaigu un v ro anas prieks ar feminismu, v sturi un kult ru Da as noda as ita par daudz aizejam kult r prom no staig anas, bet kopum labi Esmu liela pastaigu cien t ja, t p c man gr mata patika un interes ja.

    11. While I absolutely loved the writing in this book, it does not, in my opinion at least, achieve what it sets out to do Most of the book was so far removed from the point that I found myself having a hard time focusing As much as I enjoyed the anecdotes and the gorgeous and deeply personal descriptions of cities, I was expecting something completely different However, when Elkin narrowed her focus back down to female figures and the inspiration they drew from the cities they lived in, I was compl [...]

    12. Here s my review for the Chicago Tribune chicagotribune lifestyFlaneur is one of those fancy sounding French words that tend to freak Americans out, but its meaning is unintimidating and should be a lot widespread Although, as with any word, there are debates about its nuances, simply put, it means one who wanders aimlessly through a city as an inveterate pedestrian In fact, plenty of people drift on foot through urban landscapes taking great pleasure in the activity of directionless strolling [...]

    13. Space is not neutral Space is a feminist issue, Lauren Elkin writes towards the end of this incredibly rich and detailed book about women who walked out of their homes and claimed space in cities such as Paris, London, New York and With its mix of memoir and literary artistic biography, Elkin s book shows how just being a woman alone on the street is a revolutionary act, tracing the stories of icons like Virginia Woolf, who battled Victorian social s to walk freely alone in London, the French f [...]

    14. I ve been looking forward to this book for so long, with such joy at the prospect of finding myself and my experiences in the text, that I ve struggled with trying to parse my objective disappointment from my subjective My two main problems are 1 structural I don t think Elkin goes deep enough into either history or memoir, and the insistence on the conflation of the two narrows and shallows her exploration of either and 2 historical political Elkin completely elides the danger women face in wal [...]

    15. Sometimes you find a book where the author says everything you always vaguely knew, but with a clarity, brilliance and culture that are so superior to your own that you are left with the impression of having been revealed to yourself This was, for me, one of those books.It is primarily about the joy of walking in cities, and perceiving streets as an end and a goal, instead of a means of transit between places It is also about women in cities, and how during the past two centuries they carved a p [...]

    16. I didn t hate this book, and I didn t love it either I think I mainly wanted of the theme it promised, women walking and city To be fair, the author did chronicle some women who did like to walk the city streets, but I wanted of that, and less recaps of books especially novels and movies I wanted to know about why these women loved the cities they walked, about the cities themselves So, yes It was OK, but I m not sure it really delivered on its premise To be fair to the author some of my [...]

    17. This is one of the most disappointing and most misleading books I have read in a very long time Actually, I don t think I have ever been so mislead by a book before The full title is Fl neuse Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London but very little of the book is actually about the art of walking Really, this book is a history of several women writer s lives of the past with a mishmash of topics thrown in between them, including but not limited to immigration, feminism, [...]

    18. Truth be told I didn t read all the way to the end, but I read enough to convince me there would be of the same had I stuck with it Disappointing The premise holds so much promise and in those few moments when the author sticks to it the book is quite good Unfortunately the majority of the book is a narcissistic excercise to impress us with her worldly travels and privileged youth while demonstrating her retention of everything she researched to get her PhD Lacks cohesion to the premise and her [...]

    19. I wanted to like this than I did, and indeed, the first few chapters dazzled me I loved it I was fever reading that tight, desperate urge to deny the world and simply have the read that was me, and yet, it did not last Fl neuse is a book of two halves and the first is transcendent, and the second is lesser I will not say poor nor bad, because I think they re almost empty words, sometimes, laden with a redundancy that doesn t, or will it ever, capture the nature of book But the second half of th [...]

    20. Es impresionante todo lo que es capaz de reflexionar Lauren Elkin a partir de la idea de pasear por la ciudad, y de pasear siendo mujer A partir de sus propias experiencias recorriendo las calles de diferentes ciudades, conoci ndolas y luego redescubri ndolas, elabora una serie de ensayos que hablan de las fronteras invisibles que a n existen, y de la libertad que la precauci n nos sigue negando, pero tambi n de c mo aquellas audaces que vivieron antes que nosotras conquistaron unos espacios p b [...]

    21. I learned a lot in this curious amalgam of literary criticism, personal memoir and feminist tract Elkin counter poses her own relation to city spaces with that of key female literary and artistic figures Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, George Sand, Sophie Calle, Martha Gellhorn She expands Woolf s staking out a room of one s own to an every expanding female occupancy of urban settings throughout history She plays with the creative potential of street haunting, as Woolf called it Elkin starts with the [...]

    22. I am fascinated by flanerie I had several lectures based around the very act whilst studying at King s College London, and loved every moment of them I read a couple of good books about streetwalking at the time, and whilst Elkin does repeat a lot of the details from them, I still found Flaneuse engaging and enjoyable I very much liked the way in which she wove in her own experiences of living and walking in different cities around the world All in all, it was a splendid volume to read whilst nu [...]

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    24. It s difficult to describe this thoroughly entertaining and illuminating book part memoir, part cultural history, part biography, part psycho geography but its many parts add up to a very satisfactory whole Lauren Elkin likes to walk around cities, to be a flaneuse and to discover the soul of places on foot Although we don t often hear about other women walkers, they have always been around, from Mrs Dalloway to George Sand to Martha Gellhorn, and Elkin s wide ranging exploration makes for a mos [...]

    25. When I was 19, I went to France by myself to stay with strangers and do research for a week I had never been in Europe I had never traveled on my own I had never had to rely on my French I had never stayed with strangers When I got there, I expected my host to show me around Instead, she passed me a map and her metro pass and encouraged me to wander It s fun, she promised And it was And it changed my life.A year and a half later, I returned to France, this time to Paris for six months to study a [...]

    26. While I wasn t swept away by the actual book, I m taken by the idea at the heart of it I don t expect that I ll revisit the text, but the idea has already changed the way I think about my own city and how I experience it I think that will stick with me.

    27. Identified with the writer of this book and her story in so many different ways Moving from city to city, taking roots with you as you go, and exploring each new place by foot until it feels like yours Overall, beautiful writing Some parts were easy to get to but a section or two I found a bit tedious.

    28. Americans can go anywhere, it turns out, as long as we have the cash This is the lesson of this book I was bought this book as a graduation present as a History English double major with a strong interest in gender it should have been the perfect gift But as soon as I started reading this book I felt uneasy At first I wasn t sure what it was, sure, there was biography than I thought, but women inspiring other women is a passion of mine, that couldn t be the problem Then came the Tokyo chapter C [...]

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