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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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An intermediate, personal, clarifying statement (On my hopes as a sociocultural literacist, a Black woman, an endarkened feminist scholar, and aspiring Supreme Lover) (Jeanine speaks)


An intermediate, personal, clarifying statement

(On my hopes as a sociocultural literacist, a Black woman, an endarkened feminist scholar, and an aspiring Supreme Lover)

Epistemological concerns in cultural research in the social sciences cannot be divorced from concerns regarding the functions of culturally hegemonic domination in knowledge production and dissemination. (Stanfield [1993] in Dillard, 2006, p. 1)

Constructing this book (a new literacies event) speaks to my interest in understanding the nature of REALITIES, knowledge, and ways of being, in addition to the forms of “discourse one employs (or is encouraged or permitted to employ) to construct” such things (Dillard, 2006, p. 1). I want to understand better how new literacies can enable explorations and (re)presentations of REALITIES, knowledge, and ways of being, as they are constructed by, and evolve in relation to, marginalized people (particularly Black women). I am especially interested in how new literacies can render accessible, useful, and revelatory REALITIES (CONCEPTIONS OF WHAT IS POTENTIALLY, ACTUALLY, AND ULTIMATELY REAL), knowledge (conceptions of what it is we recognize, discern, and know as, and beyond, accepted reason), and ways of being (conceptions of how we can ultimately be, be with, and become our Self) for all people (not just academics or people engaged in formal schooling). ← 29 | 30 →

In her work, Cynthia Dillard states, “language [a primary tool of literacies] in itself is epistemic and provides a way for people to understand their REALITIES,” explore what it is they know...

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