Berlin Coquette: Prostitution and the New German Woman, by Jill Suzanne Smith

By Jill Suzanne Smith

During the past due 19th century the town of Berlin built any such recognition for lawlessness and sexual licentiousness that it got here to be referred to as the "Whore of Babylon." Out of this acceptance for debauchery grew an strangely wealthy discourse round prostitution. In Berlin Coquette, Jill Suzanne Smith indicates how this discourse transcended the standard clichés approximately prostitutes and really explored advanced visions of other moralities or sexual countercultures together with the “New Morality” articulated through feminist radicals, lesbian love, and the “New Woman.”

Combining wide archival learn with shut readings of a large spectrum of texts and photographs from the past due Wilhelmine and Weimar classes, Smith recovers a shocking array of effective discussions approximately extramarital sexuality, women's monetary autonomy, and respectability. She highlights specifically the determine of the cocotte (Kokotte), a selected form of prostitute who capitalized at the phantasm of decent or upstanding womanhood and for this reason confounded effortless categorization. through exploring the semantic connections among the determine of the cocotte and the act of flirtation (of being coquette), Smith’s paintings offers flirtation as one of those social interplay during which either prostitutes and non-prostitutes in Imperial and Weimar Berlin may perhaps convey extramarital sexual hope and agency.

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