By Nina Kushner
In Erotic Exchanges, Nina Kushner finds the complicated global of elite prostitution in eighteenth-century Paris via concentrating on the pro mistresses who ruled it. during this demimonde, those dames entretenues exchanged intercourse, corporation, and occasionally even love for being “kept.” every one of these ladies entered the occupation unwillingly, both simply because they have been determined and will locate no different technique of aid or simply because they have been bought by means of kinfolk to brothels or to specific males. A small yet major percent of saved ladies, although, got here from a theater tradition that actively supported elite prostitution. Kushner exhibits that during its company conventions, its ethical codes, or even its sexual practices, the demimonde used to be an essential component of latest Parisian culture.
Kushner’s fundamental resources contain hundreds of thousands of folio pages of dossiers and different records generated via the Paris police as they tracked the lives and careers mistresses, reporting in meticulous, usually lascivious, element what those ladies and their consumers did. instead of decrease the historical past of intercourse paintings to the historical past of its rules, Kushner translates those fabrics in a manner that unlocks those women’s personal reviews. Kushner analyzes prostitution as a sort of labor, examines the contracts that ruled relationships between buyers, mistresses, and madams, and explores the jobs performed through funds, presents, and, from time to time, love in making and breaking the bonds among men and women. This shiny and interesting booklet explores elite prostitution not just as a sort of work and as a type of enterprise but in addition as a bankruptcy within the heritage of feelings, marriage, and the family.
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Erotic Exchanges: The World of Elite Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century Paris by Nina Kushner