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Author Topic: Les Fleurs du mal ***the flâneur ***the Passagenwerk  (Read 933 times)
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« on: February 24, 2008, 02:19:59 am »

Les Fleurs du mal (literal trans. "The Flowers of Evil") is a volume of French poetry by Charles Baudelaire. First published in 1857, it was important in the symbolist and modernist movements. The subject matter of these poems deals with themes relating to decadence and eroticism:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Fleurs_du_mal

While Baudelaire characterized the flâneur as a "gentleman stroller of city streets", he saw the flâneur as having a key role in understanding, participating in and portraying the city. A flâneur thus played a double role in city life and in theory, that is, while remaining a detached observer. This stance, simultaneously part of and apart from, combines sociological, anthropological, literary and historical notions of the relationship between the individual and the greater populace:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fl%C3%A2neur

Walter Benjamin used Baudelaire as a starting point and focus for his monumental attempt at a materialist assessment of 19th century culture, Das Passagenwerk:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arcades_Project

« Last Edit: February 24, 2008, 02:33:40 am by Masado » Logged

Dass man mitunter Gesichter verwechselt, hat seinen Grund darin, dass das wirkliche Bild verdunkelt wird von dem geistigen Bild, das ihm entspringt.
Charles Baudelaire, (1821 - 1867), französischer Dichter und Ästhetiker
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