Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 April 2010

80 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719081873

Bookseller Code (06)


The flâneur and his city

Patterns of daily life in Paris 1815-1851

Richard D. E. Burton

Published by Manchester University Press

Durham Modern Languages Series MUP

The book provides a ''flâneur''s eye view' of Parisian life in the first half of the nineteenth century: dress, cafés and restaurants, but also shops and passages, the omnibus, 'bals publics' and carnival. The author provides general conclusions about the private and public spheres in 'le vieux Paris'. Like the 'flâneur', the author concentrates less on factual information for its own sake - which may be found in the secondary works cited in the text and footnotes - than on the 'semiological' or anthropological significance of the cultural forms in question. Links are drawn between cultural institutions and class relations in pre-1850 Paris, with particular emphasis on cultural inequality, on the persistence of cross-class contacts, and the growing differences between classes as reflected in behaviour and attitudes.