Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval

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 In Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, Saidiya Hartman examines the revolution of black intimate life that unfolded in P...

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Title:Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval
Author:Saidiya V. Hartman
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0393285677
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

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

  • Shannon
    Jun 07, 2019
    "Tumult, upheaval, flight--it was the articulation of living free, or at the least trying to, it was the way to insist I am unavailable for service. I refuse it.. " Hrm, so this is one that I didn't enjoy - exactly - but deeply, deeply appreciated, which is to say the writing is gor...
  • Joshunda Sanders
    Apr 06, 2019
    This is a glorious read about Black women whose inner lives and external manifestations of those rich journeys has not been documented with such grace, context and beauty across fluid genders or sexualities. It was a delight, too, to be further educated by the extensive, lovely end not...
  • Bean
    Mar 31, 2019
    I'm in tears. This book makes use of complexity, the unknown, visionary imagination, and relentlessly critical research in ways that I've never encountered, and uplifts queer and transgressive Black "minor figures" from underneath the erasure of Jim Crow. Endnotes are everywhere in...
  • Lalaa
    Feb 22, 2019
    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 rac...
  • Jacob Wren
    May 16, 2019
    A few short passages from Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: In a novel, he possessed the ability to transform a ruined girl who grew up in a brothel into a heroine, but achieving the same in a sociological study proved nearly impossible. Literature was better able to grapple...
  • Ecaterina Burton
    Jun 15, 2019
    This book redefined for me how you can read history. This book felt so relevant to now, about how today?s ratchet feminism was born in the errant and wayward dreams of young black women jettisoning slavery, patriarchy, and servitude at the turn of the 20th century. On top of it, Hart...
  • Jess
    Mar 03, 2019
    I loved the first few sections of Wayward Lives and the way Hartman describes her project. I soon found the repetition and lack of citations for easily sourced stats frustrating. The terms wayward and beautiful were used consistently throughout the beginning of the text then they disap...
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    Mar 04, 2019
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  • Supamodu
    Feb 25, 2019
    It's so rare and beautiful to read a book that just oozes information and ideas that you hadn't come across before, and even though reading this was not always easy, I was in for a spectacular treat. "Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments" is a visionary journey into the defiant lives o...
  • Katie
    Apr 29, 2019
    Beautifully written and poignant, though I did sometimes stumble a little on the genre-bending aspects of this book. It fills gaps in the archival record with some speculative, or seemingly speculative passages and I was occasionally confused about what content came from where; I think...
  • Ashley Cobb
    May 30, 2019
    There was so much information in this book it?s amazing. I can see this as a documentary one day. A travel through history using news clipping and old photos. Very well written and informative. ...
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    Jun 05, 2019
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  • Ava
    May 22, 2019
    Everyone who works with archives in any capacity should be required to read this book. ...
  • Kelann
    Jul 14, 2019
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  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Mar 11, 2019
    Summary: A lovely, unique history that highlights the radical, innovative social lives that black women shaped for themselves during the Jim Crow era. I was immediately drawn to the concept of this book, which tells the stories of people whose lives weren't considered worth recordin...
  • Izzy
    Jun 01, 2019
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  • Larry
    Mar 19, 2019
    Devastatingly good. The best book I've read so far this year. Opens one's eyes to new possibilities in understanding the experiences of turn-of-the-century African Americans. ...
  • Tom Buchanan
    Mar 10, 2019
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  • Erica Violet
    Jun 14, 2019
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  • Mills College Library
    Apr 12, 2019
    305.48896 H3333 2019 ...
  • Melissa Cheresnick
    May 11, 2019
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  • Amy
    Jan 17, 2019
    Wonderfully compelling! I couldn't put it down! Felt like I took a step back in time and had a front row seat in these women's lives. So moving! ...
  • Weckea
    Mar 05, 2019
    Hartman does it again. The absolute best scholar and thinker and writer in (all of) the academy. It's a must read for everybody. ...
  • Sarah
    Apr 16, 2019
    The turn of the century was truly a momentous period in American history. Reconstruction had come to an end, and so too had any federal government investment in realizing the promise of Black citizenship; Jim Crow regimes grew and consolidated their power while extra-legal lynching pro...
  • Cavak
    Nov 24, 2018
    After reading Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, a sensation that I couldn't quite name resonated in me. I was moved, I was amazed. The lines were savored by me, so curious and yet so profound. Some things I learned anew, some things did not surprise me. But something more was there...
  • Tyler Wilch
    May 06, 2019
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  • Hailey
    Feb 17, 2019
    I love this book!!! Stories of strong women have always been my favorite:) ...
  • Lekisha R
    Mar 10, 2019
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    Apr 26, 2019
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  • Arianna Gass
    Mar 05, 2019
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