Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Love for SaleRepresenting Prostitution in Imperial Russia$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Colleen Lucey

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781501758867

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501758867.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Cornell University Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.cornell.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Cornell University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in Cornell for personal use. date: 28 June 2022

Tricks of the Trade

Tricks of the Trade

Elite Prostitution and the Art of Seduction

Chapter:
(p.78) Chapter 3 Tricks of the Trade
Source:
Love for Sale
Author(s):

Colleen Lucey

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501758867.003.0004

This chapter moves to the image of the elite prostitute, the demimondaine (dama polusveta). Unlike her corollary working in the brothel, the demimondaine freely moved about the city space and blended in with women of the cultural elite. A lady “between worlds,” the demimondaine occupied a precarious position in imperial Russia. More selective than a brothel worker and unlike the kept woman who settled with one lover, the demimondaine confused sexual and social boundaries by appropriating the behaviors, pastimes, and clothing of the elite. The source texts for the chapter include the numerous representations of elite prostitutes in print by the day's leading lithographers as well as depictions in famous paintings by Ilia Repin (A Parisian Café, 1875) and Ivan Kramskoi (Unknown Woman, 1883). These works codified the new behaviors of demimondaines as part of an emerging leisure culture modeled on European trends.

Keywords:   demimondaine, elite prostitute, leisure culture, cultural elite, seduction, elite prostitution

Cornell Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.