By Jill Suzanne Smith
During the overdue 19th century town of Berlin built this kind of recognition for lawlessness and sexual licentiousness that it got here to be often called the "Whore of Babylon." Out of this recognition for debauchery grew an surprisingly wealthy discourse round prostitution. In Berlin Coquette, Jill Suzanne Smith exhibits how this discourse transcended the standard clichés approximately prostitutes and truly explored advanced visions of different moralities or sexual countercultures together with the “New Morality” articulated via feminist radicals, lesbian love, and the “New Woman.”
Combining wide archival examine with shut readings of a huge spectrum of texts and pictures from the overdue Wilhelmine and Weimar classes, Smith recovers a shocking array of effective discussions approximately extramarital sexuality, women's monetary autonomy, and respectability. She highlights particularly the determine of the cocotte (Kokotte), a particular kind of prostitute who capitalized at the phantasm of good or upstanding womanhood and for this reason confounded effortless categorization. by means of exploring the semantic connections among the determine of the cocotte and the act of flirtation (of being coquette), Smith’s paintings offers flirtation as a kind of social interplay by which either prostitutes and non-prostitutes in Imperial and Weimar Berlin may possibly convey extramarital sexual wish and agency.
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Berlin Coquette: Prostitution and the New German Woman, 1890–1933 (Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought) by Jill Suzanne Smith