I. Baudelaire --
II. Benjamin --
strolling, anonymously, on the
street, in the crowd and observing fast-changing scene around him.
painter of modern life, distilling
the eternal from the transitory; the center of an order of things of his
an idler and passionate observer;
experiences shock and intoxication;
a man of the crowd; one flesh
with the crowd
the modern heroes: the
poet, the flaneur, the dandy, the collector, the gambler, the worker, the
dandy, the collector, the gambler, the worker, the rag-picker and
the prostitute; give voice to the paradoxes and illusions of modernity.
a dialectic of control and incompletion
(Rob Shields: flaneur as Mohicans,
flaneurie as time-space psychosis.)--
For the modern hero is no hero;
acts heroes; flaneur as a walking commodity;
Not part of the crowd.
III. Chris Jenks --
an analytic form, a narrative
V. Challenges to flaneur:
Tester pp. 13-)
For Robert Musil The Man Without Qualities (1954)
the city's mystery lost;
increasing domination of rationality
numbering the houses and places;
establishment of time discipline (e.g. punch clock);
the development of the department
store (shift from the street as interieu to the department store as its
commodified embodiment). (Frisby in Tester
the increasing speed of circulation
(of traffic, commodities, thoughts) in the 19th century.
Flaneurie is a harking back
and a nostalgia for a slower and more definite world.