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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 small questions about this new literacies event (Jeanine speaks)

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Interludes: Regarding small questions about this new literacies event

Is everything written in the book representative of actual narrative data (even the poems)?

Yes. Everything Asher (re)presents in this literacy event (i.e. her voice and stories and those of her fragmented counterparts) are data. Asher’s voice is comprised of Black women’s talk and writing. This talk and writing came from data sources (such as emails, IMs, journal entries, analytic memos, and various transcripts). For example, Asher’s anecdotes and stories are etched together, primarily, from journal entries and passages from whole group conversations. Poems she and other fragmented selves contribute are built from journal entries, email correspondences, IM correspondences, and interviews.

Why are some words, statements, questions, and/or passages highlighted in gray?

Highlighting is used as a literary tool throughout this new literacies event. It signals to the reader that a word, phrase, or idea is particularly important to either the dominant voice crafting the stories and presenting various revelations (Asher) or to the author who designed and implemented the inquiry and performed multi-level sense making for both scholars and seekers (Jeanine). ← 51 | 52 →

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