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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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This book is grounded: The qualitative inquiry that birthed Asher’s revelations (Jeanine speaks)

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This book is grounded: The qualitative inquiry that birthed Asher’s revelations

During the first few years after 9/11, the myriad sociopolitical and cultural shifts that occurred in public consciousness spurred in me an interest in the types of local epistemological and ontological frameworks that were developing in relation to media representations of “Terror.” I understand “Terror” as the heinous instances of fear, intimidation, and mayhem that incite negative national and global repercussions (such as the activities of a suicide bomber in Iraq or Afghanistan; see the Wikipedia definition available September 11, 2014: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Terrorism). I was also interested in epistemes and ontologies that developed around “terror,” the types of private or personal instances of dread that incite negative local repercussions (such as a violent or mean-spirited transaction between strangers or lovers; a web of cruel gossip or lies, or an interpersonal disassociation among friends or even those perceived to be strangers).

When I say “local epistemological and ontological frameworks” I am referring to those complex ways of knowing and being that function at the site(s) of the individual and are shared with members of a similarly situated community (Staples, 2012a, b). Such frameworks often manifest as/in talk and writings. To begin to gauge these things, I met with a group of peers (post-adolescent/ young adult, middle class, college-educated, Black women) in 2002. During our meetings, we discussed stories of Black and Brown women in international contexts, who were depicted in media after 9/11. My...

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