Textual debaucheries and the flâneur: prostitution as critique of bourgeois discourse in Walter Benjamin's the arcades project

Winter 2004

McCabe argues that Benjamin demonstrates his deep ambivalence about bourgeois discourse in The Arcades Project. She suggests the feminist issues at the heart of the text, most particularly though a discussion of modernity and prostitution. She also discusses Paris in the nineteenth century, commenting on its character and the commercial activities housed within it.

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