Modernist perambulations through time and space: From Enlightened walking to crawling, stalking, modelling and street-walking

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dc.contributor.authorFuchs, Anne- British Academy 2016en_US
dc.identifier.citationJournal of the British Academyen_US
dc.description.abstractAnalysing diverse modes of walking across a wide range of texts from the Enlightenment period and beyond, this article explores how the practice of walking was discovered by philosophers, educators and writers as a rich discursive trope that stood for competing notions of the morally good life. The discussion proceeds to then investigate how psychological, philosophical and moral interpretations of bad practices of walking in particular resurface in texts by Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann and the interwar writer Irmgard Keun. It is argued that literary modernism transformed walking from an Enlightenment trope signifying progress into the embodiment of moral and epistemological ambivalence. In this process walking becomes an expression of the disconcerting experience of modernity. The paper concludes with a discussion of walking as a gendered performance: while the male walkers in the modernists texts under discussion suffer from a bad gait that leads to ruination, the new figure of the flâneuse manages to engage in pleasurable walking by abandoning the Enlightenment legacy of the good gait.en_US
dc.publisherThe British Academyen_US
dc.rightsThis article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.en_US
dc.subjectModes of walkingen_US
dc.subjectDiscursive tropeen_US
dc.subjectEnlightenment discourseen_US
dc.subjectMoral and epistemological ambivalenceen_US
dc.titleModernist perambulations through time and space: From Enlightened walking to crawling, stalking, modelling and street-walkingen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.statusPeer revieweden_US
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