In Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, Saidiya Hartman examines the revolution of black intimate life that unfolded in Philadelphia and New York at the beginning of the twentieth century. Free love, common-law and transient marriages, serial partners, cohabitation outside of wedlock, queer relations, and single motherhood were among the sweeping changes that altered the character of everyday life and challenged traditional Victorian beliefs about courtship, love, and marriage. Hartman narrates the story of this radical social transformation against the grain of the prevailing century-old argument about the crisis of the black family.In wrestling with the question of what a free life is, many young black women created forms of intimacy and kinship that were indifferent to the dictates of respectability and outside the bounds of law. They cleaved to and cast off lovers, exchanged sex to subsist, and revised the meaning of marriage. Longing and desire fueled their experiments in how to ...
|Title||:||Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval|
|Number of Pages||:||304 pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval Reviews
A beautiful portrayal of black women that left me with the profound feeling that there are more stories like these that are left to be told. I loved reading about the lives of the relatively unknown black female rebels from the early 20th century. This book covered quite a lot from race riots, prostitution, and lively dance halls, all with the underlying truth of radical thinking and other ways of living.
Hartman has created a poetic picture of the black woman and her fight for freedom and her st ...more
Drawing from a deep archival well Hartman , a Columbia University professor, delivers an engrossing album of black female rebels from the early 20th century, identifying them as ‘radical thinkers who tirelessly imagined other ways to live’. Illustrated with photographs taken between 1890 to 1935 the narrative retrieves these hitherto unknown women from the footnotes of history and brings them to life in a novelistic reconstruction. More than a restoration project, the author reclaims these shado ...more