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Berlin Coquette: Prostitution and the New German Woman, 1890-1933

Jill Suzanne Smith


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. This book 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.” The book recovers a surprising array of productive discussion ... More

Keywords: Berlin, lawlessness, sexual licentiousness, prostitution, extramarital sexuality, financial autonomy, women, womanhood, cocotte, flirtation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780801452673
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452673.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jill Suzanne Smith, author
Associate Professor of German, Bowdoin College