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The Revelations of Asher

Toward Supreme Love in Self – (This Is an Endarkened, Feminist, New Literacies Event)


Jeanine M. Staples

The Revelations of Asher: Toward Supreme Love in Self is an endarkened, feminist, new literacies event. It critically and creatively explores Black women’s terror in love. With poetry, prose, and analytic memos, Jeanine Staples shows how a group of Black women’s talk and writings about relationships revealed epistemological and ontological revelations, after 9/11. These revelations are presented in the context of a third wave new literacies framework. They are voiced and storied dynamically by the women’s seven fragmented selves. Through the selves, we learn the five ways the women lived as lovers: Main Chick, Side Chick, Bonnie, Bitch, and Victim. As an alternative-response to these identities in love, the author presents a new way. She introduces the Supreme Lover Identity and illuminates its integral connection to social and emotional justice for and through Black women’s wisdom.
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Advance praise for The Revelations of Asher


“Jeanine Staples sets off to explore post-9/11 popular culture and the ways a group of Black women critically engaged and deployed their own gazes on these representations. Yet, she found another story, one about relationships, community, personal literacy, and the violence and terror that plagues the daily lives of women of color. Heeding Tricia Rose’s 2003 call to share voices, create spaces committed to and engaging with black women’s voices, in addition to privileging Black women’s stories, Staples delivers a myriad of stories and voices in the most unique, dynamic, and unprecedented ways. She highlights multiple literacies, offering readers the chance to become literate on multiple planes.

The book itself, and the voices included, spotlight the complex and amazing levels of emotional, relational, and interpersonal literacies within the group of women who took part in the ethnographic inquiry on which this book is based. The book’s power, candor, passion, and vulnerability are refreshing; its risks and unique approaches to creative and critical interpretivist work are novel and needed; its complexity in absence of jargon and ubiquitous citations are intensely appealing. Staples’ determination to reveal Black women’s voices; their love; their truths and literacies; their agency; and senses of community results in a book that will challenge for generations, reminding us all that Black women and girls—their voices, and stories—matter.”

—David J. Leonard, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies, Washington State University

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