Sidewalks of desire: Paradoxes of the postmodern flaneur in contemporary queer fiction
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Sidewalks of Desire: Paradoxes of the Postmodern Flaneur in Contemporary Queer Fiction discusses the concept of the flaneur and analyzes the modes of appropriating this figure as the trope of writing queer sexuality. I argue that this appropriation reveals the queer characteristics inherent in the modernist flaneur , such as idleness, withdrawal from the reproduction process and the rejection of heteronormativity. At the same time this appropriation exposes and transcends the figure's limitations, such as masculinist, racial and class privilege, objectification of female desire and voyeuristic individualism. I trace the revision of the modernist concept in the writing of contemporary gay and lesbian writers: Samuel R. Delany, Sarah Schulman and K. Sello Duiker.