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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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Finding a place in the war on t/Terror (Jeanine speaks)

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Finding a place in the war on t/Terror

Centering heterosexual partnerships as a unit of inquiry through which to examine terror in romantic love was true to form; it emerged, through Asher, within the data generated by our particular inquiry community. Asher’s articulation of the significance of this unit was wholly her own; it was born out of her desire to grapple with and accentuate knowledge; to be situated in a linear cause and effect. I find Asher’s narrow conception to be rather limited, very interesting, and not at all unexpected since none of the members of the inquiry self-identified as lesbian, transgendered, sexually questioning, or gender non-conforming. We all self-identified as Black, heterosexual, cisgendered women. When looking back on the data, I see Asher’s perspective as developmentally appropriate (as she and other members of the group were post-adolescents/young adults). That is, her reliance on a conventional configuration of romantic love was in step with her stage in life, sociocultural stance, and fragmented sensibility (which was persistent in its pursuit of sensible, tried, and true equations).

Generating List #1 from Asher’s voice within various data sets in which the women wrote and talked about “what they knew for sure” about choosing a partner was entertaining and curious. It was also revealing. Building the list showed the women’s desire to center an old, preconceived sense of order and orientation in efforts to make sense of what was REAL, what could be known, and how one might be...

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