The courtesans arts cross cultural perspectives presents a remarkably rich and wide ranging view of the social significance and cultural resonance of that most ambivalent yet seductive of women the courtesan. Courtesans hetaeras tawaif s ji s these women have exchanged artistic graces elevated conversation and sexual favors with male patrons throughout history and around the world of a different world than common prostitutes courtesans deal in artistic and intellectual pleasures in ways that are wholly interdependent with their commerce in sex. Courtesans arts is an edited volume exploring important aspects of the lives and the musical and social milieu of courtesans across both time and space th ough. The courtesans arts cross cultural perspectives review donna g cardamone music and letters volume 88 number 4 november 2007 pp 650 652 review. The courtesans arts cross cultural perspectives includes companion website edited by martha feldman and bonnie gordon
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