Textual debaucheries and the fl√¢neur: prostitution as critique of bourgeois discourse in Walter Benjamin’s the arcades project (New Formations 54, Winter 2004)
Author: Janet McCabe
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.