Cover of Elizabeth Freeman's book Beside You in Time: Sense Methods and Queer Sociabilities in the American Nineteenth Century. Cover shows four abstract, multicolored human figures overlapping and crouching low

Beside You in Time:

Sense Methods and Queer Sociabilities in the American Nineteenth Century

Author: Elizabeth Freeman

Duke University Press, 2019

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In Beside You in Time Elizabeth Freeman expands biopolitical and queer theory by outlining a temporal view of the long nineteenth century.

Drawing on Foucauldian notions of discipline as a regime that yoked the human body to time, Freeman shows how time became a social and sensory means by which people assembled into groups in ways that resisted disciplinary forces.

She tracks temporalized bodies across many entangled regimes—religion, secularity, race, historiography, health, and sexuality—and examines how those bodies act in relation to those regimes.

In analyses of the use of rhythmic dance by the Shakers; African American slave narratives; literature by Mark Twain, Pauline Hopkins, Herman Melville, and others; and how Catholic sacraments conjoined people across historical boundaries, Freeman makes the case for the body as an instrument of what she calls queer hypersociality.

As a mode of being in which bodies are connected to others and their histories across and throughout time, queer hypersociality, Freeman contends, provides the means for subjugated bodies to escape disciplinary regimes of time and to create new social worlds.

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Cover of Elizabeth Freeman's book Beside You in Time: Sense Methods and Queer Sociabilities in the American Nineteenth Century. Cover shows four abstract, multicolored human figures overlapping and crouching low

Elizabeth Freeman wearing a black shirt and necklace

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Elizabeth Freeman, author of Beside You in Time: Sense Methods and Queer Sociability in the American Nineteenth Century