By Jill Suzanne Smith
During the overdue 19th century town of Berlin constructed this kind of acceptance for lawlessness and sexual licentiousness that it got here to be referred to as the "Whore of Babylon." Out of this attractiveness 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 different moralities or sexual countercultures together with the “New Morality” articulated by means of feminist radicals, lesbian love, and the “New Woman.”
Combining vast archival learn with shut readings of a vast spectrum of texts and pictures from the past due Wilhelmine and Weimar sessions, Smith recovers a stunning array of efficient discussions approximately extramarital sexuality, women's monetary autonomy, and respectability. She highlights particularly the determine of the cocotte (Kokotte), a selected kind of prostitute who capitalized at the phantasm of decent or upstanding womanhood and for this reason confounded effortless categorization. via 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 in which either prostitutes and non-prostitutes in Imperial and Weimar Berlin may show extramarital sexual hope 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