Timely and original, this collection of essays from the leading figures in their fields throws new and valuable light on the significance and future of flanerie. The flaneur is usually identified as the `man of the crowd' of Edgar Allen Poe and Charles Baudelaire, and as one of the heroes of Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project. The flaneur's activities of strolling and loitering are mentioned increasingly frequently in sociology, cultural studies and art history, but rarely is the debate developed further. The Flaneur is the first book to develop the debate beyond Baudelaire and Benjamin, and to push it in unexpected and exciting directions.
1. Introduction Keith Tester 2. The Flaneur On and Off the Streets of Paris Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson 3. The Flaneur: From Spectator to Representation Bruce Mazlish 4. Fancy Footwork: Walter Benjamin's Notes on Flanerie Rob Shields 5. The Flaneur in Social Theory David Frisby 6. The Artist and the Flaneur: Rodin, Rilke and Gwen John in Paris Janet Wolff 7. Desert Spectacular Zygmunt Bauman 8. Digesting the Modern Diet: Gastor-porn, Fast Food and Panic Eating Barry Smart 9. The Hopeless Game of Flanerie Stefan Morawski