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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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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...

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