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The Revelations of Asher

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

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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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A word to begin with: Precedent to “An introduction” (Jeanine speaks)

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A word to begin with: Precedent to “An introduction”

(Read this. If you don’t, you might not understand this book.)

The voice you just encountered is not entirely mine. It is the voice of Asher. Asher epitomizes one voice that arose from data collected during an interpretive, qualitative inquiry I designed and facilitated several years ago, soon after 9/11. Her voice, as presented above, is clever, curious, a little insistent, and reflective. As a fragmentation, she urges one to remember, reflect, inquire, and connect. She is what I call a “teacherly voice.” As such, it is important to note once again that Asher is not the singular voice of a member of the inquiry I designed and implemented. In addition, although she is actualized, Asher is not “actual.” Rather, she is a fragmented self—a critical, creative, segmented, representative, and recurring voice that rose up in the talk and writing of Black women. She was discovered, speaking and teaching, in bodies of narrative data.

I extracted Asher’s voice, along with her stories and subsequent revelations, to construct this literacy event. Everything you read herein from Asher (and the contributions of all fragmentations) are (re)presentations of narrative data produced by Black women. All that she contributes emerged (nearly) verbatim from one or several combined data sets. She symbolizes an inquiring state of being and embodies that state fully, with little variation. She, along with other fragmentations from the inquiry, narrates the stories of several...

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