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Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America

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Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America

By  Saidiya Hartman , Foreword by  Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor , Afterword by  Marisa J. Fuentes , Sarah Haley , Notes by  Cameron Rowland , By (artist)  Torkwase Dyson
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The groundbreaking debut by the award-winning author of Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, revised and updated.

Saidiya Hartman has been praised as “one of our most brilliant contemporary thinkers” (Claudia Rankine, New York Times Book Review) and “a lodestar for a generation of students and, increasingly, for politically engaged people outside the academy” (Alexis Okeowo, The New Yorker). In Scenes of Subjection—Hartman’s first book, now revised and expanded—her singular talents and analytical framework turn away from the “terrible spectacle” and toward the forms of routine terror and quotidian violence characteristic of slavery, illuminating the intertwining of injury, subjugation, and selfhood even in abolitionist depictions of enslavement. By attending to the withheld and overlooked at the margins of the historical archive, Hartman radically reshapes our understanding of history, in a work as resonant today as it was on first publication, now for a new generation of readers.

This 25th anniversary edition features a new preface by the author, a foreword by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, an afterword by Marisa J. Fuentes and Sarah Haley, notations with Cameron Rowland, and compositions by Torkwase Dyson.

Saidiya Hartman is the author of Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments and Lose Your Mother. She has been a MacArthur Fellow, Guggenheim Fellow, Cullman Fellow, and Fulbright Scholar. She is a University Professor at Columbia University and lives in New York.

ISBN: 9781324021582

ISBN-10: 9781324021582

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Publication Date: 10/25/2022 - 12:00am

On Sale: 10/25/2022 - 12:00am

Pages: 560

Language: English

Categories

History / Social History

History / United States / 19th Century

History / African American & Black

Social Science / Slavery