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Love for Sale: Representing Prostitution in Imperial Russia

Colleen Lucey


This book is the first study to examine the ubiquity of commercial sex in Russian literary and artistic production from the nineteenth century through the fin de siècle. The book offers a compelling account of how the figure of the sex worker captivated the public's imagination through depictions in fiction and fine art, bringing to light how imperial Russians grappled with the issue of sexual commerce. Studying a wide range of media — from little-known engravings that circulated in newspapers to works of canonical fiction — the book shows how writers and artists used the topic of prostitution ... More

Keywords: commercial sex, Russian literary production, Russian artistic production, sex worker, sexual commerce, prostitution, female sexuality, Russian sex workers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501758867
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501758867.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colleen Lucey, author
University of Arizona