Baudelaire: Botanist of the Sidewalk

22nd November 2017 19:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, London, N1 9AG

Baudelaire: Botanist of the Sidewalk

In collaboration with the Rimbaud & Verlaine Foundation.

Having lived in some 40 residencies across Paris, Baudelaire was steeped in city life and his poems celebrate the extraordinary characters – real and imaginary - that swarmed its pullulating streets prior to modernisation.

So 150 years after the death of the original flâneur poet, come stroll with us and ponder the psychogeography of the city as we consider Baudelaire’s extraordinary impact and legacy.

We will be joined on our wander by modern day Flâneuse Lauren Elkin, Professors Helen Abbott and Matthew Beaumont, and actor Dylan Read.

Professor Helen Abbott of the University of Birmingham specialises in nineteenth-century French poetry and music and the work of post-romantic and symbolist poets. She is leading The Baudelaire Song Project.

Author Matthew Beaumont is co-director of the UCL Urban Laboratory and Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature at the UCL Department of English.

Lauren Elkin is the author of Flâneuse: Women Walk the City, a cultural history of women writers and artists who have found freedom and inspiration by exploring cities on foot.

Lecoq-trained Dylan Read devised a theatrical performance exploring the urban life of Baudelaire in Le Spleen de Paris with Gooddog Theatre.



Photo © Daniel Oduntan
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