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Title: 'Seeing double': Exploring the flâneur's gaze in Amit chaudhuri's a new world
Authors: Chakraborty S.
Kumar, Nagendra
Published in: Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities
Abstract: The present paper explores the ambivalent existence of a modern urban figure, a flâneur, who is caught between the processes of grand and spectacular modernization and the gradual but uncertain withdrawal of the self from the external 'reality' through Amit Chaudhuri's celebrated fiction A New World. The continuous 'shocks of the new' that the urban 'advancement' bombards upon the senses of a flâneur, develops a highly personal psychopathology in him/her. Georg Simmel calls this symptom a blasé outlook a psychic structure characterized by sheer impersonality, which gives birth to an attitude of almost complete indifference towards the socio-political processes outside. The flâneur's observation of a city remains always informed by a double vision seeing yet disbelieving. Both the identity and the gaze of a flâneur keep on swinging incessantly between a modernity that creates a desire to become a developed subject and a subjectivity that is dismantled by an array of unfulfilled dreams beyond the scope of any premeditated determinism. © AesthetixMS 2016.
Citation: Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities (2016), 8(3): 127-138
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Tarun Tapas Mukherjee
Keywords: Amit Chaudhuri
Georg Simmel
Semiotic Difference
Urban Modernity
ISSN: 9752935
Author Scopus IDs: 57214531176
Author Affiliations: Chakraborty, S., Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of Indian, Institute of Technology Roorkee, India
Kumar, N., Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India
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