Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America

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5.6 X 8.21 X 1.14 inches | 1.39 pounds

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About the Author
Saidiya Hartman is the author of Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, Lose Your Mother, Scenes of Subjection. She has been a MacArthur Fellow, Guggenheim Fellow, Cullman Fellow, and Fulbright Scholar. She is a University Professor at Columbia University and lives in New York.
Sarah Haley is assistant professor of gender studies and African American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor writes and speaks on Black politics, social movements, and racial inequality in the United States. She is the author of Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership and From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, and the editor of How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective. Taylor is a contributing writer at The New Yorker and a professor in the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University.

Audacious. Original and provocative. What Hartman has to say about both slavery and its continuing resonances should be heard as widely as possible. A major scholarly contribution.-- "Nation"
Sharpens our understanding of whiteness, property, and happiness in startling ways.--David Roediger, author of Wages of Whiteness
Innovative.... [Hartman's] writing is impassioned and even lyrical at times.... This is a powerful and thought-provoking examination of slavery's far-reaching legacy.-- "Publishers Weekly"
The brilliance of the book--a brilliance that is considerable, formidable and rare--is present in the space Hartman leaves for the ongoing (re)production of [black] performance in all its guises and for a critical awareness of how each of those guises is always already present in and disruptive of the supposed originarity of that primal scene [of violence].--Fred Moten, author of The Consent Not to Be a Single Being
In Scenes of Subjection, Saidiya Hartman prepared an intellectual ground for the phrase [the afterlife of slavery] to take root. Insisting that the conventional wisdom that slavery had died with legal emancipation was wrong, and that slavery was, as she put, 'transformed rather than annulled by the 13th amendment of the US constitution, ' Hartman challenged us to consider that slavery didn't just have a lingering trace or a shadowy aftereffect in the post-emancipation moment.--Stephanie Smallwood, author of Saltwater Slavery
Meticulously researched.... The 25th-anniversary edition of this pathbreaking work of scholarship is a gift to those interested in thinking deeply and expansively about slavery's ever-running machinations.--Omari Weekes "Vulture"