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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 clichés 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.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction: Berlin’s Bourgeois Whores
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. Sex, Money, and Marriage: Prostitution as an Instrument of Conjugal Critique
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. 2. Righteous Women and Lost Girls:Radical Bourgeois Feminists and the Fight for Moral Reform
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  1. Introduction: Berlin’s Bourgeois Whores
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  1. 3. Naughty Berlin? New Women, New Spaces, and Erotic Confusion
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  1. 1. Sex, Money, and Marriage: Prostitution as an Instrument of Conjugal Critique
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  1. 4. Working Girls: White-Collar Workers and Prostitutes in Late Weimar Fiction
  2. pp. 153-184
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  1. 2. Righteous Women and Lost Girls: Radical Bourgeois Feminists and the Fight for Moral Reform
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  1. Conclusion: Berlin Coquette
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  1. 3. Naughty Berlin? New Women, New Spaces, and Erotic Confusion
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. 4. Working Girls: White-Collar Workers and Prostitutes in Late Weimar Fiction
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  1. Index
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  1. Conclusion: Berlin Coquette
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780801469701
Related ISBN
9780801478345
MARC Record
OCLC
874011634
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2014-04-15
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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