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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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The evolution of disordered coherence: A critically creative means for uncovering the risings and revelations of fragmented selves in qualitative data (as literacy events) (Jeanine speaks)

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The evolution of disordered coherence: A critically creative means for uncovering the risings and revelations of fragmented selves in qualitative data (as literacy events)

In our talk and writing, the concept of “terror” is so often the center of gravity when wrestling with articulations of “truth” regarding romantic love. When we talk about terror as the seed for Terror, we explore the ways it shows up in our everyday lives. Recently, Leah contributed a consistent refrain: fear/hurt/doubt. She said that she, “love[s] love but [is] afraid of love.” She said she learned that love hurts because it “always comes with pain.” She shared with us the times her heart was broken. She detailed betrayals born of infidelity and the fear she encountered in the face of her rapist. She talked about closing the doors of her heart and detaching from her body. She said that when she isn’t careful, this perception of encroaching hurt makes her act out defensively and hurt others through lies and neglect. Brianna agreed. She said, “I am unsure in love…I teeter on a fence. I am double-minded.” Then Kendra said, “then ya’ll are not in Love, you know? Ya’ll are not walking in Love. Ya’ll are not loving because Love does not doubt. Love never doubts herself.” We pause. We consider this. Then Nola, asks quietly…“never”?

(Jeanine, Journal Entry, 11.17.04)

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