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The rise of global cities like London, Paris, and New York in the 19th century marked the arrival of modernity, the result of great change and signaling great change to come. The flâneur—who is both a byproduct of this modernity and a commentator upon /shaper of it—is a walker who wanders city streets capturing glimpses of urban reality. In my project, I trace the meandering path of the flâneur through the poetry of Charles Baudelaire and Walt Whitman, who ‘translate’ the ephemera they witness and produce poetry.
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Goodman, Jonathan Peter, "Writing the City: The Flaneur and the Poetics of the Modern Metropolis" (2013). Senior Projects Spring 2013. 246.