Brookline Booksmith wishes you and your loved ones a happy and safe Thanksgiving. While our store will be closed for the holiday, we welcome you to shop online!

Learn More

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval cover

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, 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. 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 live. They refused to labor like slaves or to accept degrading conditions of work. Beautifully written and deeply researched, Wayward Lives re-creates the experience of young urban black women who desired an existence qualitatively different than the one that had been scripted for them-domestic service, second-class citizenship, and respectable poverty-and whose intimate revolution was apprehended as crime and pathology.

ISBN: 9781684418732

ISBN-10: 9781684418732

Publisher: HighBridge Audio

Publication Date: 04/09/2019 - 12:00am

On Sale: 04/09/2019 - 12:00am

Language: English

Categories

Women

African American

Human Sexuality (see also Psychology - Human Sexuality)

More by Saidiya Hartman

  • Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals Cover Image
  • Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval Cover Image
  • Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval Cover Image
  • Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route Cover Image
  • Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route Cover Image
  • Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America Cover Image
  • Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America Cover Image