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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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Interludes: Regarding BIG questions about this new literacies event (Jeanine speaks)

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Interludes: Regarding BIG questions about this new literacies event

How are literacy practices and new literacies events being defined here?

Literacy practices are the socially situated, culturally informed, and politically loaded modus operandi by which people move in relation to and beyond word recognition or usage of words on printed pages to “observable and ideological patterns of behavior” (Hornberger, 2000, p. 344). These patterns of behavior happen in light of language and its sociocultural and socioemotional meanings. Literacy practices are the ways we read, write, speak, and listen in contexts and with regard to dynamics that are valued and enlivened (or questioned) in those contexts. A literacy practice is not, for example, the ways one reads print on a page when engaging with a novel at home or the ways one fills out an application or decodes signs while driving or parking a car. Such actions are skills.

A literacy practice is socially situated, culturally informed, politically negotiated, and often emotionally and intellectually sensitive social practice. Such a practice might include, for example, the ways a mother invites her son to assist her in preparing a Thanksgiving Day meal. She may do so by clarifying each step of the process of preparation, implementation, and presentation. She might speak aloud certain directions to her son, reading hand-written recipes to herself and to him, using vocabulary for utensils, offering instructions for use of machinery, and ← 43 | 44 → telling stories of how her uncle taught her to...

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