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    Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women and Queer Radicals

    £10.99
    ISBN: 9781788163248
    AuthorSaidiya Hartman
    Pub Date04/03/2021
    BindingPaperback
    Pages416
    Availability: In Stock

    SHORTLISTED FOR A JAMES TAIT BLACK PRIZE 2020
    WINNER OF A NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
    WRTTEN BY THE RECIPIENT OF A MACARTHUR GENIUS GRANT

    At the dawn of the twentieth century, black women in the US were carving out new ways of living. They refused to labour like slaves or to accept degrading conditions of work. Wrestling with the question of freedom, they invented forms of love and solidarity outside convention and law. These were the pioneers of free love, common-law and transient marriages, queer identities, and single motherhood - all deemed scandalous, even pathological, at the dawn of the 20th century, though they set the pattern for the world to come.

    In Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, Saidiya Hartman deploys both radical scholarship and profound literary intelligence to examine the transformation of intimate life that they instigated. With visionary intensity, she conjures their worlds, their dilemmas, their defiant brilliance.

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    SHORTLISTED FOR A JAMES TAIT BLACK PRIZE 2020
    WINNER OF A NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
    WRTTEN BY THE RECIPIENT OF A MACARTHUR GENIUS GRANT

    At the dawn of the twentieth century, black women in the US were carving out new ways of living. They refused to labour like slaves or to accept degrading conditions of work. Wrestling with the question of freedom, they invented forms of love and solidarity outside convention and law. These were the pioneers of free love, common-law and transient marriages, queer identities, and single motherhood - all deemed scandalous, even pathological, at the dawn of the 20th century, though they set the pattern for the world to come.

    In Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, Saidiya Hartman deploys both radical scholarship and profound literary intelligence to examine the transformation of intimate life that they instigated. With visionary intensity, she conjures their worlds, their dilemmas, their defiant brilliance.