Saidiya Hartman: A Serial Biography of the Wayward

Monday, Feb. 25, 4:00 p.m.
1014 Tisch Hall
University of Michigan

In her new book, 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 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. [Editor’s note: check out Hartman’s essay “The Anarchy of Colored Girls Assembled in a Riotous Manner.”]

Saidiya Hartman’s keynote talk is part of the Narrating Black Girls’ Lives Conference. Book sales and a reception with Dr. Hartman will be offered in conjuntion with the exhibit opening of she was here, once in the Lane Hall Gallery, from 6:00–7:30 p.m., with book sales provided by Ann Arbor’s infamous Bookbound.

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