This book distinguishes itself from previous scholarship by offering an inclusive and comprehensive treatment of urban walking from 1800 to the present. Divided into three sections—geography, genius, and gender—the introduction establishes the origins of the flâneur and flâneuse in early foundational texts and explores later works that reimagine flânerie in terms of these same three themes.

The volume’s contributors provide new and global perspectives on urban walking practices through their treatment of a variety of genres (literature, film, journalism, autobiography, epistolary correspondence, photography, fashion, music, digital media) and regions (Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, the Middle East).

This volume theorizes well-known urban characters like the idler, lounger, dandy, badaud, promeneuse, shopper, collector, and detective and also proposes new iterations of the flâneur/flâneuse as fashion model, gaucho, cruiser, musician, vampire, postcolonial activist, video game avatar and gamer.

chapter |52 pages


Tracing the Geography, Genius, and Gender of Flânerie
ByKelly Comfort, Marylaura Papalas

chapter 1|20 pages

Necrophilic Flânerie

Collecting and Urban Walking in Georges Rodenbach's Bruges-la-Morte
ByTessa Ashlin Nunn

chapter 2|16 pages

Dystopic Flânerie

The Beauty of Failure in Kafka's The Trial and The Castle
ByJosh Dawson

chapter 3|16 pages

Fashionable Flânerie

Walking Women in Interwar French Vogue
ByMarylaura Papalas

chapter 4|26 pages

Transformative Flânerie

Innovative Reflections on Metropolitan Life in The New Yorker
ByOliver Bock

chapter 5|21 pages

Uncivilized Flânerie

The Gaucho-Flâneur in Jorge Luis Borges's “The South”
ByKelly Comfort

chapter 6|21 pages

Cruising Flânerie

Homosexual Urban Desire in Epistolary and Autobiographical Writings by Hernán Díaz Arrieta
ByDarío Sánchez González

chapter 7|23 pages

Space-Clearing Flânerie

Remapping Hong Kong in Dung Kai-cheung's Atlas and My Little Airport's Songs
ByMei Mingxue Nan

chapter 8|20 pages

Virtual Flânerie

Gaming and Video Tourism in Bogotá and La Habana
ByOsvaldo Cleger

chapter 9|20 pages

Vampiric Flânerie

Ridding Badabad of Badauds in Ana Lily Amirpour's A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
ByJeremy Glazier

chapter 10|29 pages

Practicing Flânerie

Imagined and Applied Walking Strategies in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa
ByLavinia Brydon, Bibi Burger, Louis Rice