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Contextual Lecture: A City of Women But Not Always For Us: London 1817 - 2017


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Baudelaire's flaneur - the definitive person at home in the city - was a male person. Both at the time of Baudelaire and in the many decades after him the relationship of women to 'the city' has become a problematic and in many cases a political matter. This is curious since the 'modern' and the very nature of 'modernity' are both usually associated with the emancipation of women. This lecture will discuss the many ways in which access to the city, and what we define as 'the city', has in the past one hundred and fifty years been gendered. 

Mary Evans is currently a Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics. For many years she taught Sociology at the University of Kent and her written work has discussed Jane Austen and Simone de Beauvoir, as well as studies of aspects of feminist theory. Most recently she has published studies of crime fiction (The Imagination of Evil) and a discussion of gender inequality (The Persistence of Gender Inequality).

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Start date
25 April 2017
10.30 – 11.30am / Linbury Room
£12, £10 Friends