Streetwalking the Metropolis: Women, the City and Modernity

Paperback | March 15, 2000

byDeborah L. Parsons

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Can there be a flaneuse, and what form might she take? This is the central question of Streetwalking the Metropolis, an important contribution to ongoing debates on the city and modernity in which Deborah Parsons re-draws the gendered map of urban modernism. Assessing the cultural and literaryhistory of the concept of the flaneur, the urban observer/writer traditionally gendered as masculine, the author advances critical space for the discussion of a female 'flaneuse', focused around a range of women writers from the 1880s to World War Two. Cutting across period boundaries, thiswide-ranging study offers stimulating accounts of works by writers including Amy Levy, Dorothy Richardson, Virginia Woolf, Rosamund Lehmann, Jean Rhys, Janet Flanner, Djuna Barnes, Anais Nin, Elizabeth Bowen and Doris Lessing, highlighting women's changing relationship with the social and psychicspaces of the city, and drawing attention to the ways in which the perceptions and experiences of the street are translated into the dynamics of literary texts.

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Can there be a flaneuse, and what form might she take? This is the central question of Streetwalking the Metropolis, an important contribution to ongoing debates on the city and modernity in which Deborah Parsons re-draws the gendered map of urban modernism. Assessing the cultural and literaryhistory of the concept of the flaneur, the ...

Lecturer in English Literature, University of Birmingham

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Format:PaperbackPublished:March 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionMythologies of ModernityWoman of the CrowdThe New Woman and the Wandering JewOn the Margins of the CityThe Cosmopolitan and the Rag-pickerWandering the London WastelandRe-envisioning the Urban Walker

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`This is a fascinating, meticulous, needling book ... Her view of the history of twentieth-century feminist writing is positive and forward-looking. ... Deborah Parsons's compelling book.'Sue Roe, Times Literary Supplement