Saidiya Hartman - Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval

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In two previous books, Lose Your Mother and Scenes of Subjection, Hartman pioneered “critical fabulation,” an approach combining archival research, critical theory, and fictional narrative to explore the afterlife of slavery and the effects of racism and exile on African-American identity. In her new book, she uses a similar methodology to examine a generation of young Black women who rebelled against traditional social and cultural constraints. Focusing on the urban experience of Black women in the early twentieth century, Hartman, a Guggenheim Fellow and professor at Columbia, uses history and literary imagination to trace the lives of women who rejected both degrading conditions of work and normative gender roles in personal relationships, showing how these experiments in work, sex, and marriage constituted a radical transformation of Black intimate and social life.

 

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$28.95
ISBN: 9780393285673
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 19th, 2019

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