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Berlin coquette : prostitution and the new German woman, 1890-1933 / Jill Suzanne Smith.

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    During the late nineteenth century the city of Berlin developed such a reputation for lawlessness and sexual licentiousness that it came to be known as the "Whore of Babylon." Out of this reputation for debauchery grew an unusually rich discourse around prostitution. In Berlin Coquette, Jill Suzanne Smith shows how this discourse transcended the usual cliches about prostitutes and actually explored complex visions of alternative moralities or sexual countercultures including the "New Morality" articulated by feminist radicals, lesbian love, and the "New Woman." Combining extensive archival research with close readings of a broad spectrum of texts and images from the late Wilhelmine and Weimar periods, Smith recovers a surprising array of productive discussions about extramarital sexuality, women's financial autonomy, and respectability. She highlights in particular the figure of the cocotte (Kokotte), a specific type of prostitute who capitalized on the illusion of respectable or upstanding womanhood and therefore confounded easy categorization. By exploring the semantic connections between the figure of the cocotte and the act of flirtation (of being coquette), Smith's work presents flirtation as a type of social interaction through which both prostitutes and non-prostitutes in Imperial and Weimar Berlin could express extramarital sexual desire and agency. -- Publisher.
    Series
    Signale : modern German letters, cultures, and thought
    Signale. Modern German letters, cultures, and thought.
    Format
    Online resource
    Author/Creator
    Smith, Jill Suzanne, 1972- author.
    Published
    Ithaca, New York : Cornell University Press : Cornell University Library, 2013
    ©2013
    Locale
    Germany
    Berlin
    Contents
    Introduction : Berlin's bourgeois whores
    Sex, money, and marriage : prostitution as an instrument of conjugal critique
    Righteous women and lost girls : radical bourgeois feminists and the fight for moral reform
    Naughty Berlin? : new women, new spaces, and erotic confusion
    Working girls : white-collar workers and prostitutes in late Weimar fiction
    Conclusion : Berlin coquette.
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references and index.
    Introduction : Berlin's bourgeois whores -- Sex, money, and marriage : prostitution as an instrument of conjugal critique -- Righteous women and lost girls : radical bourgeois feminists and the fight for moral reform -- Naughty Berlin? : new women, new spaces, and erotic confusion -- Working girls : white-collar workers and prostitutes in late Weimar fiction -- Conclusion : Berlin coquette.
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    Language
    English
    External Link
    Hosted by Cornell Open
    ISBN
    9780801469701
    0801469708
    Physical Description
    1 online resource (xii, 221 pages) : illustrations

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