"'Irgendwo muss man doch einmal hingehoeren'": Irmgard Keun as Heiress to the Flaneur." "'Irgendwo muss man doch einmal hingehoeren'": Irmgard Keun as Heiress to the Flaneur."
My answer to these questions is yes. Although the public sphere was dominated by the male figure as they confined women to the private realm of the home, there were notable women who proved to be exceptions to these rules. Recently, scholars have uncovered an array of female authors that have written in the art of flanerie. Irmgard Keun was one of the prominent exceptions who wrote many texts that are potentially important as cultural and historical documents of the time period in which she lived.
In this thesis, I will investigate Keun’s first two novels, Gilig—eine von uns and Das kunstseidene Madchen, as well as a few of her lesser known feuilletons that have scarcely been observed or considered as essential links to the rare works of the female flaneur. I will first discuss the problems of the flaneuse—being subjected to gender-stratified societies, being seen as a prostitute, and being confined to the private realm of the home. I will then argue several aspects of Keun’s novels and feuilletons that are necessary to understand the practices of the modern flaneur and, more importantly, to liberate the controversial figure of the flaneuse.
School:Brigham Young University
School Location:USA - Utah
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:flaneur flaneuse irmgard keun flanerie berlin city german
Date of Publication:05/13/2005