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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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Appendix B: The Stylesheet of The Revelations of Asher


Appendix B:

The Stylesheet of The Revelations of Asher

This stylesheet is presented as a quick reference to the unique, artistic style choices employed in this book. It also revisits the form and function of each fragmented self embodied by the ten (10) women in the inquiry. Remember, the seven (7) fragmented selves dominate the place of the soul and flesh/body to singularly or cooperatively construct one or more of the five (5) lover identities featured and deconstructed herein.


Each choice of font was made to clearly identify the voice of a fragmented self. See Visual Aid #1 for details. Here is a quick reference list:

Jeanine—a Black woman; a scholar, educator, and coach; a sociocultural literacist; the author of this endarkened, feminist, new literacies event.

Rajah—a spiritually inclined fragmented self who performs iterations of ethereal wisdom and peace; she refers to Biblical scripture and mystical thought; she demonstrates patience; she invokes stillness and quiet through her voice and stories; a prayer warrior; Rajah is a bearer of hope, faith, and love.

Asher—a teacherly fragmented self who performs inquiry, commends searches, gathers information, passes judgments, processes knowledge, explores binaries, and asks questions through her voice and stories; a leader; Asher is resistant, curious, sassy, determined, and a little sarcastic; she keeps records, keeps scores, and charts course, accordingly. ← 543 | 544 →

Maven—a maternal fragmented self who performs oversight and advising;...

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