By Jill Suzanne Smith

During the past due 19th century the town of Berlin constructed this kind of acceptance for lawlessness and sexual licentiousness that it got here to be often called 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 truly explored complicated 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 broad archival study with shut readings of a vast spectrum of texts and pictures from the overdue Wilhelmine and Weimar classes, Smith recovers a shocking array of efficient discussions approximately extramarital sexuality, women's monetary autonomy, and respectability. She highlights specifically the determine of the cocotte (Kokotte), a selected kind of prostitute who capitalized at the phantasm of first rate 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 offers flirtation as a kind of social interplay wherein either prostitutes and non-prostitutes in Imperial and Weimar Berlin may exhibit extramarital sexual wish and agency.

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