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courtesan

, courtezan
(esp formerly) a prostitute, or the mistress of a man of rank
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With these words Xiaxian Wei, one of the top-ranking changsan courtesans in the novel fights the wife of her patron, Jicun Yao who comes to Wei's courtesan house to search for her husband, Yao, and is rendered speechless by Wei's argument.
Salkeld focuses on developing local insights from specific sources, while linking their stories to his broader claim that "the prevailing literary myth of the dramatic courtesan by and large departed from the historical reality of women's lives at the time" (15.
The courtesan has been a key figure in the articulation of deep anxieties that have constituted the experience of an 'Indian' modernity.
Using sexually transmitted infection as a metaphor for social, moral, and religious corruption, mid-sixteenth-century playwrights present the courtesan as endangering not only herself and the singular foolish young man but the entire society.
In fin de siecle Shanghai, Violet Minturn grows up in the most exclusive courtesan house.
Set in Paris in 1900, Gigi has been brought up to be a stylish courtesan and the mistress of a rich man, but can she outsmart her suitor Gaston?
One of which was with Marguerite Meller, who had been a high-class courtesan in Paris during the First World War.
of Chichester, England) combines close readings of European literature and micro-historical enquiry in order to explore shifting literary and social attitudes towards the figure of the courtesan in the period 1500-1650 and to locate aspects of William Shakespeare's work within that context.
On Monday night, her status as a recognised figure in the fashion industry was cemented as the blonde former courtesan showcased her second collection of lingerie at Paris Couture Week.
The 2002 superhit film Devdas saw Shah Rukh as Devdas, Aishwarya as Paaro and Madhuri Dixit featured in the role of courtesan Chandramukhi.
From happiness, to sacrifice and tragedy, the doomed consumptive courtesan Violetta's journey in Verdi's opera "La Traviata" is drama on a high scale.
It seems her only options are to enter either a convent or a loveless marriage, but her mother suggests an alternative - become a courtesan.