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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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As you would have them do unto you (A brief on casual sex, occasional commitments, and multiple “truths”) (Jeanine speaks)


As you would have them do unto you

(A brief on casual sex, occasional commitments, and multiple “truths”)

List #2, like List #1, is comprehensive. It was compiled from multiple data sets in which Asher spoke through various members. Each member offered her idea about what women “should” do when preparing for or engaging in romantic relationships. While creative new literacies events (e.g. coalesced poems) and collaborative new literacies events (e.g. email exchanges) represent the interplay of various fragmented selves, I chose to represent Asher’s stories and lists as examples of nearly singularly driven new literacies events. This move is intended to support unification in readership and arrivals at revelations from one particular vantage point of the whole Self (i.e. Asher’s). However, this is not an entirely accurate representation. No fragmentation is pure or speaks entirely on her own. She may have been very, very dominant in a space of expression (i.e. talk and writing) produced by members of the inquiry at any given time. Yet, to speak only in Asher (or Sash, Laish, Maven, Rajah…uninterrupted, for any great length of time) is not possible.

Take Asher’s most recent journal entry, for example. In Do unto others, her sentiments intersect Rajah’s and Maven’s quite a bit. However, their voices are not delineated. The voices of spirit (Rajah’s) and maternal influence (Maven’s) are commonly present when quoting scriptures and generating lists, respectively. And yet, as the inquiring/teacherly self, Asher is prone to do these...

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