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Mª Lourdes López Ropero

This chapter traces the motif of the female flâneur in a selection of autobiographical works by Janet Frame and Doris Lessing set in the 1950s, the 1960s and contemporary London. It argues that flânery has not only allowed Frame and Lessing to assert their visibility in the modern city as women and as authors, but has provided them with rich materials for their writing. My analysis emphasises the impact of their colonial background on their urban visions, an issue which has been overlooked or inadequately emphasised in recent flâneur scholarship.