Flânerie is the act of strolling, with all of its accompanying associations. Baudelaire saw the flâneur as having a key role in understanding, participating in, and portraying the city. The concept of the flâneur is important in academic discussions of the phenomenon of modernity. Walter Benjamin describes the flâneur as a product of modern life and the Industrial Revolution without precedent, a parallel to the advent of the tourist. His flâneur is an uninvolved but highly perceptive bourgeois dilettante.

  • “The Metropolis and Mental Life”Georg Simmel essay
  • “The Walk” (“Der Spaziergang”) Robert Walser

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