Review: Emily Bernard on Saidiya Hartman’s ”Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments”

Who is she? asks Saidiya Hartman in the early pages of her most recent work, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments. The question is inspired by a photograph whose subject captured Hartman’s attention: an unidentified Black girl taken at around the turn of the twentieth century, “a small naked figured” in repose, her eyes trained meaningfully on the camer…

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