Wayward lives, beautiful experiments : intimate histories of social upheaval / Saidiya Hartman.

"A breathtaking exploration of the lives of young black women in the early twentieth century. 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, commo...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Hartman, Saidiya V. (Author)
Format: Book
Published: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2019]
Edition:First edition.
Physical Description:xxi, 441 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Table of Contents:
  • A note on method
  • Cast of characters
  • Book One. She makes an errant path through the city. The terrible beauty of the slum
  • A minor figure
  • An unloved woman
  • An intimate history of slavery and freedom
  • Manual for general housework
  • An atlas of the wayward
  • A chronicle of need and want
  • In a moment of tenderness the future seems possible
  • Book Two. The sexual geography of the Black Belt. 1900. The tenderloin. 241 West 41st Street
  • 1909. 601 West 61st Street. A new colony of colored people, or Malindy in Little Africa
  • Mistah beauty, the autobiography of an ex-colored woman, select scenes from a film never cast by Oscar Micheaux, Harlem, 1920s
  • Family albums, aborted futures : a disillusioned wife becomes an artist, 1890 Seventh Avenue
  • Book Three. Beautiful experiments. Revolution in a minor key
  • Wayward : a short entry on the possible
  • The anarchy of colored girls assembled in a riotous manner
  • The arrested life of Eva Perkins
  • Riot and refrain
  • The socialist delivers a lecture on free love
  • The beauty of the chorus
  • The chorus opens the way.