Tag Archives: Walter Benjamin

‘The Lodger’ by Louisa Treger

Ten minutes into the conversation I realise that the writer my MA supervisor is talking about is the same one I discovered for myself some months before, except she gives Walter Benjamin’s name the full Germanic pronunciation and I realise … Continue reading

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Baudelaire, Benjamin and the Birth of the Flâneur

  On voit un chiffonnier qui vient, hochant la tête, Butant, et se cognant aux murs comme un poète, Et, sans prendre souci des mouchards, ses sujets, Epanche tout son coeur en glorieux projets. Charles Baudelaire: ‘Le Vin de Chiffonniers’ … Continue reading

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From Streetwalker to Street Walker: The Rise of the Flâneuse

In fact and in fantasy, London had become a contested terrain: new commercial spaces and journalist practices, expanding networks of female philanthropy, and a range of public spectacles . . . enabled workingmen and women of many classes to challenge … Continue reading

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Woolf at the Door 1: The City and Modernism

(Cities were) more than accidental meeting places and crossing points. They were generative environments of the new arts, focal points of intellectual community, indeed of intellectual conflict and tension. (Malcolm Bradbury and James McFarlane (ed), Modernism: A Guide to European … Continue reading

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Website of the Month – July 2012 – London Fictions

London Fictions is a website curated by BBC journalist, Andrew Whitehead.  Andrew is an adopted Londoner and is passionate about London fiction.  He aims, with this site, to share his excitement about his subject with others. London Fictions features many … Continue reading

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Film of the Month – May 2012 – Flânerie Seen Through a Lens: Light, Movement and Film

Something different this month; rather than reviewing a specific film we are looking at how the creative process of film-making links with the practice of the flâneur, feminism and early modernist fiction.  The modern(ist) metropolis and the institution of cinema … Continue reading

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Walter Benjamin and The Arcades Project

In many ways The Arcades Project is Benjamin’s lament for the passing of the flâneur. For Benjamin, the flâneur’s disappearance functions as a symbol for the ravages of capitalism upon metropolitan life.  The changing urban environment was no longer conducive … Continue reading

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