Victorian Persistance Seminar, session 3: “The Flâneur revisited: Paradoxes, Polymorphism, Persistence in Paris and London”

Session 3 of our seminar took place this Wednesday January 11 at the UFR d’Etudes Anglophones Charles V (salle C330, 17h30-19h30):

‘The Flâneur revisited: Paradoxes, Polymorphism, Persistence in Paris and London’

Estelle Murail (Université Paris Diderot) hosted the session and introduced the texts.

Two respondents were present:

–      Dr. Tom Stammers (Research Fellow and Assistant Lecturer in History, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge): “The collector and the flâneur: the typologies of sensation in nineteenth-century Paris”

–      Tatiana  Michoud – Pogossian (Université Paris Diderot): “The persistence of flânerie in the quest for London (Peter Ackroyd, Iain Sinclair)”

We worked with the following texts:

– Thomas De QuinceyConfessions of an English Opium Eater (1821), ‘The Pleasures of Opium’ [download here]

– Walter BenjaminCharles Baudelaire: A Lyric Poet in the Era of High Capitalism, II. The Flâneur [download here]

Arcades Project, Section M, ‘The Flâneur’: http://arcadesawakening.wordpress.com/category/m-the-flaneur/

– Michael Hollington, ‘“Petrified unrest”: Dickens and Baudelaire on London and Paris 1855-56’,  Synergies Royaume-Uni et Irlande n°3, 2010. [download here]

Estelle Murail and Tom Stammers talking about the emergence of the flâneur in the nineteenth century

Estelle Murail and Dr. Tom Stammers talking about the emergence of the flâneur in the nineteenth century

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One Response to Victorian Persistance Seminar, session 3: “The Flâneur revisited: Paradoxes, Polymorphism, Persistence in Paris and London”

  1. I love this theme! And the programme looks fascinating – the presentation on the collector and the flâneur in particluar appeals to me enormously! There’s so much to say about it – Huysmans and A rebours spring to mind, for example…

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