Toward Supreme Love in Self – (This Is an Endarkened, Feminist, New Literacies Event)
This book is necessary: A response to a call (Jeanine speaks)
This book is necessary: A response to a call
It is crucial to have access to more stories by Black women, told in such a way that they not only illuminate the lives and social forces that shape them but also allow a given story’s messy seams to show, [and] let the many life threads that run through them to remain visible. (Rose, 2003, p. 9)
Rose’s (2003) anthological collection of Black women’s ruminations on sexuality and physical intimacy calls for access to more narratives as they evolve within, by, and for this group. Her work captures a traditional type of writing regarding Black women’s sexualities and physical and emotional intimacies. The writings she presents function as individual reflections on longing and desire, (un)conscious sexual attitudes, inter/cross-gender relationships, and physical signifiers of familial and communal rites. These phenomena are explored strictly through narrative essays. Rose explains that the depth of inter- and intra-personal knowledge possible in relation to these and other types of literacy events “will prevent monolithic, objectifying reading[s] of all Black women” (p. 9). She concurs with Delgado (1989), who helped to construct a precedent to this call.
Delgado specified the importance of creative, narrative literacy events by which to grasp deeply the lived experiences of those who are potentially “othered” in societies. He explains, “stories, parables, chronicles, and narratives are ← 55 | 56 → powerful means for destroying mindset—the bundle of presuppositions, received wisdoms, and shared understandings against a background...