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By Jill Suzanne Smith
During the overdue 19th century the town of Berlin built one of these attractiveness 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 surprisingly wealthy discourse round prostitution. In Berlin Coquette, Jill Suzanne Smith indicates how this discourse transcended the standard clichés approximately prostitutes and really explored complicated visions of other moralities or sexual countercultures together with the “New Morality” articulated via feminist radicals, lesbian love, and the “New Woman.”
Combining vast archival examine with shut readings of a vast spectrum of texts and photographs from the overdue Wilhelmine and Weimar sessions, 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 selected form of prostitute who capitalized at the phantasm of decent or upstanding womanhood and consequently 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 provides flirtation as a kind of social interplay in which either prostitutes and non-prostitutes in Imperial and Weimar Berlin may perhaps 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